Parasites are organisms that feed off of other animals. For pets, the most common parasites are fleas, ticks, and heartworms. These critters all pose a threat to your pet, and some even put your human family at risk. Ticks and many intestinal parasites can target humans as their host, too, while the diseases carried by fleas and ticks are considered “zoonotic” meaning they can pass from pets to people. Flea, heartworm and tick prevention for dogs & cats is the best, most effective way to protect your pet and your family from these dangerous creatures. Learn more by reading our prevention tips below, and if you still have questions call us at (662) 234-4336.
Heartworm disease occurs when an infected mosquito bites your pet, and the heartworm larvae travel through the bloodstream to the heart and lung blood vessels where they mature and multiply. Most dogs will have no clinical symptoms until the disease is much further progressed, so it’s important to test them for heartworm disease often. While cats are atypical hosts for heartworm, they are also at risk. Prevention is the only way to effectively protect your pet from heartworm disease. While there is treatment for dogs, it is costly and risky. Meanwhile, cats have no treatment options available, so prevention is of paramount importance. You can prevent heartworm disease with effective medication as well as keeping these important tips in mind:
- Make sure there is no standing water in your yard or near the house, as these are perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
- Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, shying away from the heat of the day and the cool of night. Try to adjust your pet’s walking schedule to mid-morning or late afternoon, when the day is not quite at its hottest, yet the mosquitoes are not out in force yet either.
- Make sure your dog is tested regularly for heartworm. The sooner we are aware of an infestation, the more effective and cost-efficient the treatments are.