Heartworms, Hookworms, Tapeworms, Oh My!
Heartworms- Heartworms are parasitic worms that can be transferred from host to host by mosquito bites. Heartworms are very easy to prevent with monthly medication but if infected, they can be potentially fatal. We recommend treating for heartworm from May 1st to December 1st every year.
Other worms, such as tapeworms, hookworms, and roundworms can be transmitted through things your animal eats or through the mother when they are in utero or through skin penetration. These are not fatal, but they are still very easy and important to prevent.
Fleas,Ticks, and Mites
Fleas- Fleas are tiny insects that jump onto your pet from other animals or warm places such as grass or leaves. When on a pet, they will crawl around and bite the animal, sucking its blood, and they will rapidly reproduce. They can cause itching, irritation, inflammation, and allergic reactions.
Ticks- Ticks are small round bugs that grab onto your pet in tall grass or leaves or anywhere warm. They cannot jump, and they are fairly slow, but they are still very easy to get. They latch onto your pet and suck their blood until they are more than twice their original size. They can carry diseases and can cause an infection if not removed properly.
Mites- Mites are very, very small organisms that can crawl around on your pet and cause itching, inflammation, and hair loss. There are many different types of mites but many can be easily prevented.