Heartworm, Flea, and Tick Prevention
Heartworm disease, fleas, ticks, and other parasites are very common in Texas. A good parasite control plan is important to keep your pet healthy.
What is heartworm disease and why is heartworm prevention important?
Heartworm disease is a deadly parasite infection that is transmitted to both dogs and cats by mosquitos that are carrying the heartworm larvae. Adult heartworms live in the dog’s heart and pulmonary arteries. The disease causes heart failure in dogs if left untreated. Dogs have a high risk of infection so prevention is key! Heartworm disease in cats can cause respiratory disease or sudden death. In Texas, all dogs and cats should be kept on year-round prevention. We follow the guidelines recommend by the American Heartworm Society for our heartworm prevention protocols. We carry several options for heartworm prevention, including monthly chewable tablets or a twice yearly heartworm prevention injection for dogs, and monthly topical heartworm prevention for cats. Dogs should have a once yearly heartworm test.
Read more about heartworm prevention here: (https://www.heartwormsociety.org/pet-owner-resources/heartworm-basics)
Flea and Tick Prevention
Fleas and ticks are a nuisance to cats and dogs all year in Texas. They carry diseases and parasites that can be transmitted to pets. Fleas can cause itching and skin infections. We carry several options for flea and tick control including chewable tablets and topical prevention.
We will help you determine the best parasite control program for your pet during your pet’s wellness exam.