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April 22

Protect your Pet Against Heartworms, Fleas, and Ticks

April 22, 2019

Spring has officially sprung! Soon the snow will finish melting, the grass will grow, and plants will bloom. We can’t wait for hours to be spent playing outdoors.

As excited as we are for the arrival of spring, we can’t forget about the hazards outside that can potentially harm our pets. Let’s learn about what we should be aware of when our four-legged friends are playing on those green fields.

 

"Heartworms"

Heartworms are parasitic worms that can affect the lungs, heart and blood vessels of our pets. They can be painful and potentially fatal if not treated. Dogs, and occasionally cats, are susceptible to heartworm disease, which is passed through mosquitoes.

More time outside means more potential for mosquitoes to prey on your pets, but you can’t simply use insect repellents on animals as they can be toxic to dogs and cats. Instead, protect your furry friends against mosquito bites by keeping them indoors during high-risk time periods, removing stagnant water in your yard, and keeping them away from marshy areas.

GVAH recommends bringing in your pet yearly for heartworm testing – early detection of this disease is the key to minimizing lasting damage that can be done to your dog’s quality of life. We also provide heartworm preventatives like Interceptor® Plus to help stop heartworms, tapeworms, and other worms before they become an issue. Contact us for more information about heartworms and necessary prevention.

 

Cat sitting on the ground scratching their ear.

 

"Fleas"

Fleas may not seem like a big deal, but along with itching, scratching, and potential hair loss, your pet could receive skin allergies and other parasites like tapeworms from these pesky parasites. Fleas tend to live in the same shady, protected areas that your animals love to lie down in outside.

Once a flea infestation has taken hold of your pet’s fur, your home is likely to become a flea circus as well. Treating your home and yard when infestations occur will help to break the cycle but treating your pet regularly is the best way to stop fleas in their tracks before they make a new home on your pet’s fur. Oral or topical preventatives will save you money, time, and flea frustration in the long run.

 

"Ticks"

Ticks and tick-borne illnesses, like Lyme disease, can be spread through humans and animals. Lyme disease left untreated can spread to the joints, heart and nervous system and create painful arthritis. In addition to vaccinating your pet annually for Lyme disease, deter ticks and fleas with a topical or an oral medication such as Credelio®.

 

Credelio and Interceptor Plus preventatives.

 

"Prevention"

What can you use to protect your pets from these pests and your pocketbook from costly treatment for these diseases? At Grand Valley, we work to find the best option for your animals.

This month, we’re introducing new protectors against heartworm, fleas, and ticks: Interceptor® Plus and Credelio®. These two powerful preventatives will replace Heartgard® and NexGuard® at our clinic.

 

Interceptor Plus logo, "Heartworm Prevention (and more!)!”

 

Treatment for heartworm disease can be risky and painful to your dog, as well as costly for you. Interceptor® Plus is a delicious, chewable tablet that helps prevent heartworm disease and treats and controls adult hookworm, roundworm, whipworm, and tapeworm infections in dogs and puppies 6 weeks or older and 2 pounds or greater.

 

Credelio, “Oral flea & tick prevention”.

Credelio® is a beef-flavored chewable that is given to your dog every 6 months as a treat. This chewable helps kill adult fleas, treat and control tick infestations, and targets specific ticks like the lone star tick, brown dog tick and American dog tick. Credelio®’s active ingredient, lotilaner, targets the nerve receptors of fleas and ticks without affecting your dog.

To learn more about, or refill prescriptions for, Interceptor ® Plus, Credelio® or any other preventative we sell, don’t hesitate to contact our staff at GVAH. If you require a specific product, take a look at our online store. We offer a wide variety of options and are more than happy to assist you in finding the right items for your pet.