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Pet Heartworm, Flea, Tick Prevention

In addition to causing your pet discomfort, fleas, ticks, and other parasites carry diseases that negatively impact their health. We know the choices for parasite prevention can be overwhelming, so we try to make it as easy as possible for you to make the right choice for your pet.

Pet Parasite Prevention

Preventing heartworm, flea, and tick infestations is always preferable rather than treating an active infestation. Parasites spread diseases to your pets that can adversely affect their long-term health. We aim to help you prevent an infection before it begins.

One thing we love the most about animals is how naturally curious they are in exploring the world around them. Unfortunately, this inquisitive nature can mean your pet comes into contact with various parasites throughout their lifetime. Heartworms, fleas, ticks, and intestinal parasites affect your pet’s health and well-being. These parasites can cause multiple health issues, from skin irritation to gastrointestinal distress to long-term cardiac damage. Intestinal parasites can inhibit their growth and development in growing kittens and puppies. Pets with weakened immune systems are at a greater risk of parasite infection, where the effects of the disease can shut down major body systems.

An easy and effective way to help prevent pet infection is through parasite prevention. Our doctors and staff are educated on the different types of prevention and can help guide you in deciding what would work best for your pet. We recommend even indoor pets receive preventatives—it takes just one infected mosquito to your house to spread heartworms to a pet. Animals that go outside and come back inside with parasites can infect a pet that may be indoors only. As tempting as it is only to use preventatives during the warm summer months, we recommend that dogs and cats receive heartworm, flea, and tick prevention year-round.

By stopping parasites before they can infect your pet, you are not only decreasing the likelihood of expensive treatments due to infection but also helping your pet lead a healthy and parasite free life.