Keeping Parasites at Bay
Routine wellness exams and vaccinations are integral to your pet’s health, but they’re not enough to keep pesky fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes away. We don’t see a lot of hard freezes here in North Carolina, so the risk of exposure for pets is considerable throughout the year. At Caring Hearts Animal Hospital, we understand that parasites are more than just pesky bugs that bite and irritate our pets—they can pass on harmful diseases, as well. That’s why we dedicate ourselves to educating our clients about the necessity of parasite prevention, and how to keep their pets safe and healthy.
Common Vector-Borne Diseases
Due to our warmer climate, parasites can thrive from one season to the next. Diseases transmitted by fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes are known as “vector-borne.” These diseases include:
- Heartworm disease (mosquitoes)
- Rocky Mountain spotted fever (American dog ticks)
- Tick paralysis (ticks)
- Lyme disease (ticks, becoming more prevalent)
- Ehrlichiosis (ticks)
The most common conditions that result from flea bites are itching and/or allergic reactions. However, fleas infected with tapeworm can pass that intestinal parasite on to dogs and cats if ingested. Other internal parasites include roundworms, hookworms, and giardia.
Our Parasite Prevention Products
We offer a variety of parasite prevention products to keep cats and dogs protected from vector-borne diseases. Our flea, tick, and heartworm preventatives include:
- Interceptor Plus
- Advantage Multi
- Seresto (collar)
Our veterinarian will work with you to discuss your pet’s risk of exposure and other lifestyle factors to determine the most appropriate preventatives. If you have any questions or need to establish a parasite prevention plan for your pet, give us a call at 704-893-2799.