Fleas, ticks and mosquitoes aren’t just a summer problem! In our part of the country, year-round prevention is key to making sure your pet is protected from these pests and the diseases they may carry. Fleas often trigger dermatitis, tapeworm and hot spots; one tick bite can transmit numerous dangerous diseases and mosquitoes carry potentially deadly heartworm.
In addition to preventive medications, you should thoroughly check your pets for fleas and ticks if they’ve been outdoors. Although fleas and ticks can be anywhere on your pet’s body, they prefer posting up near the head, ears, neck and paws. You can spot evidence of fleas if you notice little black specks that resemble pepper or bits of dirt.
Both the incidence of Lyme disease from tick bites and heartworm from mosquitoes are on the rise around the country. Lyme disease is rarely fatal, but heartworm is more so because often there are no symptoms until the disease is well advanced. While there is treatment for dogs, it can be expensive and very hard on your pet.
Prevention is always the best treatment! We carry many different types of flea, tick and heartworm preventive and your Goshen Animal Clinic veterinarian can help you choose which one is right for your pet and your budget. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at 502-228-1827.