If you’re like many pet owners, chances are you have occasionally skipped administering your dog or cat’s parasite preventative medication. After all, who can’t resist saving a few bucks? Does my pet really need Heartworm, or flea and tick medication every month? In short, YES! Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes are more than just annoyances to you and your pets; they can cause chronic illnesses, some of which can be transmitted to humans. We are seeking to provide a healthy home environment for our families, and providing our dogs and cats with year round parasite prevention can help us achieve this important goal.
Year round Heartworm prevention is essential for all pets. Heartworm can take up to 6 months to develop in an infected pet, so stopping the treatment early, or starting it too late, could leave your pet unprotected. Heartworm disease is extremely expensive and hard to treat in dogs, and in cats the disease causes long term side effects. Year round prevention could save you money, time, and heartache.
Besides being merely bothersome, fleas and ticks can transmit a variety of serious illnesses to your pet, as well as to you and your family, including: Lyme disease, rocky mountain spotted fever and cat scratch disease just to name a few. Fleas and ticks are alive and well all year long and with our warmer winters can thrive indoors regardless of the temperature outside.
Intestinal parasites such as roundworms, whipworms, and hookworms do not concern themselves with temperature outside. Your pet’s body provides the perfect environment for these damaging pests to thrive 12 months a year. Some of these worms are also considered zoonotic, meaning they can be transferred from animals to humans. Fortunately, your dog or cat’s Heartworm medication offers protection against a number of intestinal parasites, making an even stronger case for year round prevention.
MAKE YEAR ROUND PARASITE PREVENTION A HABIT! Please don’t put your pet at risk because you’ve heard that these parasites are just a seasonal threat. The truth is, they are not – your pet needs protection all year long!