Heartworm & Intestinal Parasite Prevention

Internal & External Parasite Prevention Is Important to Prevent Disease

The Culprits:

This is a list of common external dog and cat insect parasites we see and some of the diseases they transmit:

  • Ticks - Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Babesiosis
  • Fleas - Tapeworm, Bartonellosis (Cat Scratch Fever), Bubonic Plague (Yersinia pestis)
  • Mosquitos - Heartworm disease

We commonly see these intestinal parasites in our practice.

  • Hookworms, Whipworms, Roundworms, Giardia - passed though the feces of an effected animal into the environment and to a healthy pet.
  • Tapeworms - passed though the flea and from eating other affected animals.

Heartworm & Intestinal Parasite Prevention

We recommend all dogs take an oral medication once a month, all year round, to prevent most intestinal parasites and heartworm. Heartworm is a very serious disease with fatal consequences. Is was once a commonly diagnosed disease in the Northeast in the 1970's and 1980's. When dogs were rescued from the Katrina Hurricane disaster, and shipped north, we saw a resurgence of heartworm disease. If everyone stopped giving this preventive this devastating disease would again become common.

Because heartworm is such a serous problem, we want to make sure that your pet is protected against this easily preventable disease. Your pet will be tested for heartworm every other year at his or her regular exam, and Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital will prescribe a monthly heartworm preventive medication for your pet to take around the year that also kills intestinal parasites. Each time you bring your pet in for a visit, we will review his or her individualized records, and vaccine boosters will be given as needed. We look forward to your questions about disease and parasite prevention, so feel free to bring them to your petís wellness visit or call our office. For more information - visit our flea and tick treatment page.

Flea and Tick Prevention

There are a few flea and tick preventatives that we recommend using once monthly to ward off fleas and ticks. In our area generally the use of flea and tick preventatives are only necessary during the warm weather months, late March to mid November, depending on how warm it is. But, if you travel to warmer climates during the winter you should use them as well. The day of the effective flea collar is over. Anyone whose home has become flea infested is even more aware of the value of prevention. The new products that have entered the market in the last 15 years are remarkably effective in preventing flea and tick infestation of your treasured pet.

We will recommend a program of parasite control based on your pet's lifestyle. We look forward to your questions about disease and parasite prevention, so feel free to bring them to your petís wellness visit or call our office.

We look forward to your questions about disease and parasite prevention, so feel free to bring them to your petís wellness visit or call our office.