Given the string of oddly warm days we’ve experienced this winter and with spring just around the corner, it’s time to talk fleas and ticks. These pests flourish in our climate, and contrary to popular opinion, these parasites aren’t just annoying. Fleas can transmit tapeworm and cause anemia, while ticks are well-known carriers of many harmful conditions, including Lyme disease.
As for heartworm, one bite from a mosquito is all it takes to infect your pet. Sadly, many animals don’t show symptoms until the disease is advanced, if at all. While there is treatment for canines, it is expensive and can be very hard on your pet, and there is no cure for cats.
Year-round prevention is the only guarantee your pet won’t suffer an uncomfortable – or even life-threatening – infestation.
There’s really no way to “time” the preventive medications so that your pet is safe, so the best way to avoid disease is by keeping your pet on parasite prevention throughout the year. If you have questions about which preventative is best for your pet or if you suspect your best friend might have a parasite problem, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (703) 956-1522. We’ll be happy to help!