Warm weather brings with it more than picnics and green grass, it brings pet parasites such as fleas, ticks, and heartworm-carrying mosquitoes. The diseases they carry can cause serious discomfort and illness to your pet.
At Sugar Hill Animal Hospital, your pet’s health, wellness, and longevity is our top priority, which iswhy we recommend year-round pet parasite prevention throughout the length of your pet’s life.
Fleas and Ticks
Although your pet can contract fleas any time of the year, they tend to be more active in the spring and summer months. Fleas are extremely upsetting for both pets and people, and can cause skin irritation as well as transmit pathogens, such as cat scratch fever, tapeworm, and even the plague.
Ticks are capable of transmitting some pretty serious illnesses to your pet, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and tick-borne encephalitis. Pets should be on a flea and tick preventive medication to protect them from the risk posed by these parasites.
Heartworm disease is arguably one of the most threatening parasitic infections in pets. The bite of asingle infected mosquito is all that’s required to pass the parasite to your pet. Once established, themicroscopic worms grow in size and establish themselves in the heart and lungs, resulting in heart disease, respiratory problems, and other severe health issues.
Reducing the Risk Through Pet Parasite Protection
Here are other measures you can take to reduce your family’s exposure to parasites:
· Tall grasses and overgrown brush offer a perfect breeding ground for fleas and ticks. Keep the foliage near your home trimmed and remove any leaf or debris.
· Remove any stationary water around your home. Even a bit of water at the bottom of a watering can is a place for mosquitoes to breed.
Groom your pet frequently and check for ticks after your pet has been outdoors.
Rats, mice, raccoons, and other wildlife are carriers of fleas and parasites. Discourage them from visiting your property by keeping compost and trash bins tightly covered, and by not feeding your pet outdoors.
At Sugar Hill Animal Hospital, we encourage you to be proactive with your pet’s health. If you haven’tstarted your pet on a parasite prevention plan yet, or need a refill, contact us today to learn about our new Parasite Prevention Package. This equals 6 months of heartworm, flea, and tick prevention!