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When considering the health of your pet, it is important to keep in mind the parasites that can infest your pet and cause them great discomfort as well as threaten their lives.  There are many types of pests to consider including Heartworms, Fleas, Ticks and Intestinal Parasites.

Luckily, there are many options on the market these days for preventative care for your pet.  Click here to learn more about the products we offer in our hospital.  You can also visit our online store which offers many of the same products and many more that can be delivered right to your front door.  When purchasing preventatives, it is important to only buy products recommended by your Veterinarian and that are sold through a reputable dealer.  Many "online pharmacies" and pet stores do not buy their products from the manufacturer leading to mishandling of a product and even counterfeit products that look exactly like the product they claim to be.  Click here to read more about these risks directly from the FDA. 

Below are some highlights about each of these pests.  You can click on any of the links to find out more.

  • Heartworms: These pesky worms are passed to your pet through an infected mosquito.  Because mosquitoes can be found here in Ohio year round and there is no way to tell which are infected or not, we recommend protecting your pet against these pests year round. Learn more about Heartworm Disease by reading the article "Heartworm: The Parasite".  You can also see a helpful product comparison of all of the Heartworm Preventative medications here.
  • Intestinal Parasites:  There are many parasites that could pet can pick up simply by sniffing the ground outside or even inside your home if something were to be brought in on your shoe or by another animal.  Some of these pests include, but are not limited to: roundworms, hookworms and whipworms, some of which can be passed on to humans, especially children, and can be deadly or cause horrible defects such as blindness.  Tapeworms are another form of intestinal parasites that we see commonly in pets that an animal can be infected with by ingesting raw meat.  This can be anything from hunting birds or mice to simply ingesting a flea or spider.
  • Fleas:  One common concern for pet owners is fleas and with good reason.  One flea can lay 2000 or more eggs in your environment which can live up to six months in your house or yard before they hatch and begin the cycle of a major infestation.  Fleas not only make your pet uncomfortable, they can cause your pet to suffer from Flea Allergic Dermatitis, Anemia or Feline Infectious Anemia.  They are also the source behind Cat Scratch Fever which affects a human which is scratched by an infected cat.  Find our more about these pesky insects by reading the article "Fleas: Know Your Enemy".  Click here for a comparison of the various flea products available.
  • Ticks:  Every year in Ohio, the tick population becomes higher causing this to be a bigger problem for pets who may not have encountered ticks in the past.  No longer are they just found in highly wooded areas.  Also, the deer tick which carries Lyme Disease is becoming more and more prominent in our area leading to many more pets and humans to be diagnosed with this painful disease.  Click here to find out more about the various types of ticks and the disease risks as well as a helpful product comparison for treatment and prevention.

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