Heartworm, Flea & Tick Prevention for Dogs & Cats
Pest prevention is a critical concern at our animal hospital in Palms. Flea prevention and tick prevention for dogs and cats are two of the main concerns pet owners often think of, but it is also important to remember other dangerous parasites like intestinal worms and heartworms. Our veterinarians are concerned about parasites for 2 main reasons:
- Heartworm is a major killer of dogs. In Palms, heartworm prevention is often not considered necessary because we don’t have that large of a mosquito population. However, with the new influx of mosquitoes from other places, heartworm is being spread to coyotes and pets. We reported more cases for heartworm in 2014 than any other practice or year previously. This shows just how big of a concern heartworm has become!
- Some parasites can be contagious to people. While parasites like heartworms cannot be contracted by humans, humans can be affected by such pests as ticks and intestinal parasites. Children and seniors especially are among those at the greatest risk.
Pest Prevention Concerns
There are other concerns that arise in flea and tick prevention for dogs and cats. The products that are often used to prevent pests can often be dangerous for people and pets. At our animal hospital in Palms, pest prevention follows the AAHA guidelines as a standard of practice, ensuring that our treatment protocol is as safe as possible for our furry friends.
It is important to note that protecting pets is just part of our concern. Our veterinarians are concerned about the safety of your entire family and we want you to know that we make it our aim to ensure that the humans in your family are protected from pests as well. Be sure to contact us to learn more about protecting your pet from pests and ensuring that your family is safe, too!