Flea, Tick, and Heartworm Prevention

heartworm preventionSpring has finally sprung! The Rockaway flora and fauna are just starting to awaken after a long, cold winter, and we bet your dog and cat can’t wait to enjoy some spring adventures with you.

But wait! Before you head outside to do yard work, hike, or take a trip to the dog park, we want to remind you that parasites are not only a springtime threat. Flea, tick, and heartworm prevention is important to your pet’s health and longevity throughout the year. Cats and dogs need 12 months of protection to ensure they are safeguarded from parasitic disease.

Read on to learn why!

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The Poop on Intestinal Parasites in Pets

Intestinal Parasites In PetsWhile poop is certainly not the most pleasant part of pet ownership, it comes with the territory. Whether it’s scooping the litter box, cleaning up your backyard, or toting home the “bag of shame” on your daily walk, you are going to get to know your pet’s poop.

Most pet owners aren’t so thrilled with this aspect of caring for their pets, and many probably wonder why we are so focused on checking a pet’s feces periodically. Your friends at Mountainview Veterinary Hospital really do need to look at your pet’s poop in order to be sure he or she is healthy. Intestinal parasites in pets are a common occurrence, and one we want to be certain that we have under control.

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The Sticky, Icky Truth About Ticks and Your Pet

Depending on which science fiction films you’ve seen, a single tick viewed through a microscope bears a strong resemblance to an alien species. A map showing the latest tick populations might support the assumption they’re not unlike like visitors from a distant galaxy, bent on world domination.

Ticks have conquered the entire northeast, making it difficult to avoid them – and the diseases they carry. Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever are the biggest threats when it comes to ticks and your pet.

Deer Ticks

The deer tick is responsible for spreading Lyme disease to people and animals. When feasting on a blood meal from an infected animal, a deer tick picks up microscopic bacteria that is deposited into the bloodstream of future prey.

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