There are several different types of parasites our dogs and cats can have. Most puppies and kittens have intestinal parasites, many of which are contagious to humans! We employ a strategic deworming along with vaccine visits for your youngsters. Adult dogs and cats can pick up parasites in their environment or from fleas, ticks or wildlife in your yard. Keeping your pet on a monthly broad-spectrum prevention is much more effective and less costly then treating for a disease/parasite!
The American Heartworm Society recommends guidelines that include year-round prevention for dogs and cats. Yes, CATS! Cats get heartworm disease like dogs, via mosquitoes. The interesting fact is that of cats that tested heartworm positive, the majority were indoor only cats! Symptoms in cats often mimic asthma or allergic bronchitis. And while there is no cure, testing and prevention are recommended so that owners are prepared with treatment if acute respiratory distress symptoms are noted.
Fortunately there is a treatment for canine heartworm disease, but this disease is so much easier, and cheaper, to prevent.
Canine Heart worm Prevention and Intestinal Parasite dewormers
|Heartworms, roundworms, hookworms
Heartworms, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms
|Heartworms, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, fleas
Feline Heartworm prevention
|Heartworms, Adult fleas, flea eggs, ear mites, hookworms, roundworms, ticks
These products come with a full guarantee when purchased through a licensed veterinarian, meaning if your pet obtains parasites the product should prevent, the company will reimburse for treatment. Rebates or free doses are also available through veterinarians. These guarantees and rebates are void if purchased through internet companies by manufacturer mandate.
Fleas and Ticks
Fleas and ticks are both prevalent in Michigan and both can carry diseases. Fleas have been known to ride indoors on clothing, so even our indoor feline friends can develop an infestation. With changes in weather patterns, we are seeing more ticks during our winter months as even one degree over freezing will allow ticks to be out and questing for a meal! Pets should be on a broad-spectrum year-round parasite prevention program. Ask us to tailor a protection program for your pet.
Flea and Tick Prevention
Frontline Gold- For Dogs & Cats
Nexgard- Dogs only
Fleas, Ticks, Repels- Mosquitos, Biting Flies
For Cat Flea and Tick Prevention we recommend the topical Revolution Plus that is easily applied to the skin on the back of the neck.
This website is a great resource for everything TICK related. It has information on ticks specific to our area. It also has a great feature where you can take a picture of a tick you found on yourself or your pet, send it to them and a tick expert will get back to you on what kind of tick it is and what diseases it can carry.
Fecal Parasite Screen
The Companion Animal Parasite Council recommends yearly screening for intestinal parasites in canines and bi annual screenings in felines. Parasites can burrow into the muscle when your pets are young puppies and kitten, emerging several years later. So even if your pet is on a monthly prevention, it is a good idea to continue to screen as recommended. Especially if your pets spends time around a young child, it is important to ensure that your pet does not have intestinal parasites that can be passed to those with an immature immune system. Follow this link to learn more.