Pets and Parasites
Our doctors at Dogwood Animal Hospital recommend flea and tick as well as heartworm prevention all year round. Due to the unpredictable nature of our weather here in Fayetteville, North Carolina fleas, ticks, and the mosquitoes that carry heartworms can be active all year. Without prevention your pets are at risk of contracting heartworms or becoming infested with fleas and ticks. Below is a list of preventive medicine that we carry and what they can protect your precious fur babies from. Be sure to discuss the best options for your pets with your veterinarian at your next appointment.
- Heartworms can only be transmitted from one animal to another by mosquitoes. The mosquito ingests the immature heartworm when biting an infected dog or cat. The immature worms develop into infective larvae and are injected into your pet’s skin while the mosquito is feeding. The larvae then migrate through the body tissues. Heartworms can affect dogs and cats, even when they are indoors most of the time. The good news is that you can prevent this parasite from infecting your pets.
- Proheart 6
- Proheart 6, for dogs, is an injection given by your veterinarian twice a year. You don’t have to worry about giving a monthly dose and your dog will be 100% protected from heartworms. An exam is performed prior to the injection to detect any pre-existing conditions. Dogs must be at least 6 months old before starting Proheart 6.
- Heartgard, for dogs, is a once a month tasty chew. Given on the same day each month protects your dog from Heartworms. Heartgard also protects against hookworms and roundworms. Dogs must be at least 6 weeks old to start Heartgard.
- Revolution is a topical, on the skin, product that should be applied once a month. It can be used for both dogs and cats. Revolution also helps protect against and treat ear mites, fleas, hookworms, and roundworms. Dogs and cats should be at least 8 weeks old before starting Revolution.
- There are several intestinal parasites that can affect your cats or dogs, such as, hookworms, roundworms, and whip worms. Some of those parasites can also be transmitted to you and your family members by contact with excrement containing eggs or larvae. Some pets may not show any signs of infection while others may have more obvious problems, such as, diarrhea or pale gums, pot bellied appearance, poor hair quality, or blood in stools.
- Your pets can also be exposed to ticks in urban areas. Ticks feed on your pets’ blood. The areas where they become attached usually become red and irritated or could become infected. Ticks can also cause anemia and could transmit more serious diseases like Lyme disease. Our veterinarians can discuss other diseases that are possible with tick bites.
Flea and Tick Prevention
- Nexgard, for dogs, is a tasty chew that you can give at home once every 30 days. This product is not available for cats. Dogs must be at least 8 weeks old and weigh at least 4 pounds.
- Vectra is a topical prevention that should be applied to dogs once every 30 days.