Parasites and Ticks
Flea, tick, and heartworm prevention is an important component of your pet’s healthcare routine. Parasites can cause a variety of health problems including allergic reactions, infections, and serious tick-borne illnesses. Your pet’s preventive care visit includes a parasite check.
Heartworm is an internal parasite that is transmitted by infected mosquitos. Year-round preventive care is vital to the health of your dog or cat. Heartworm disease can be painful, difficult to treat, and may lead to death. We offer a variety of effective preventive products through our pet pharmacy and can help you find the best treatment for you and your pet.
Common Ticks and Diseases
Ticks can carry diseases that affect both you and your pet. Proper preventive care is recommended year-round to protect your pet from harmful ticks and the diseases they can transmit, including:
- American dog ticks
Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia
- Black-legged ticks
Anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and Lyme disease
- Brown dog ticks
Rocky Mountain spotted fever
- Lone Star ticks
Ehrlichiosis, tularemia, and SARI
Signs of Tick-Borne Diseases
Please contact us if your pet is experiencing any signs of a tick-borne illness. Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, anaplasmosis, and ehrlichiosis can cause similar symptoms in dogs and cats, such as:
- Joint swelling or pain
- Loss of appetite
- Swollen lymph nodes
Fleas are more common during warmer months, but we recommend flea preventive care year-round to ensure your pet’s protection. In the event of an infestation, medicated flea baths are offered through our pet grooming service. The warning signs of a flea infestation include:
- Flea droppings (dark specks) in the fur
- Flea eggs (white specks) in the fur
- Excessive licking or scratching
- Scabs or hot spots on the skin
Together, we can protect you and your pet from harmful parasites. Please contact us if you notice any signs your pet may need flea or tick care.