Mosquitos, Ticks and Fleas…Oh My!!!!
Are your pets protected from Heartworm Disease? Heartworm Disease is transmitted by the mosquito. Even though we live in the desert, mosquitos do live here with us and therefore Heartworm Disease is a serious threat to our pets. Golf courses, man-made lakes and ponds, swimming pools (many of which are not properly maintained) and other various water features create the perfect breeding grounds for mosquitos. And yes, even your indoor cat is at risk. Mosquitos get into our homes all the time as we open and close the doors.
Treating Heartworm Disease is expensive, difficult and a successful outcome cannot be guaranteed. Your best defense against Heartworm Disease is a good offense…Heartgard®. Given monthly, Heartgard® provides Heartworm Disease prevention, as well as broad-spectrum treatment and control against intestinal parasites. Intestinal parasites such as Roundworms and Hookworms can also infect humans. All pets should be tested before beginning any Heartworm prevention medication.
Untreated Heartworm Disease can be fatal. Adult heartworms can grow up to 10 to 12 inched in length and reside in the right side of your pet’s heart and pulmonary (lung) arteries, often causing lung disease and heart failure. Some signs of Heartworm Disease are a mild but persistent cough, fatigue after moderate activity, decreased appetite and weight loss.
Since we don’t have harsh winter weather, fleas and ticks can survive here all year long. Both fleas and ticks can infest your untreated cat or dog as they feed on his or her blood with the potential to cause anemia. Fleas will not only infest your pet, but also your home. The only solution at this point is to treat your pet as well as your home to be rid of the pesky fleas.
Ticks seem to be more of a problem in our environment than fleas. Ticks pose a greater threat to your dogs, with their ability to transmit the organism causing Ehrlichiosis, better known as Tick Fever. In the acute phase of Canine Ehrlichiosis, Tick Fever, symptoms may include listlessness, swollen lymph nodes, anorexia, fever, nervousness and discharge from the nose and eyes. Signs of the chronic phase may include those mentioned for the acute phase plus nosebleeds or other abnormal bleeding, weight loss and eye problems. The damage done, leads to the destruction and decreased production of all blood cells (red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets). This leads to anemia, decreased resistance to disease, infection and abnormal bleeding.
Once again, the best defense against fleas and ticks is protection and prevention with Frontline® or Certifect®. When applied once a month, Frontline® or Certifect® will protect your pets, you and your home from flea and tick infestation and the diseases that they bring with them.