Temperature is on the pick in the country, trees are growing, and flowers are beginning to bloom. But unfortunately, bugs are still there, causing problems for our pets. But you can still protect yourself, your pet, and your family from fleas, ticks, and heartworm by administering monthly and quarterly medication to your pet.
The truth about Fleas, Ticks, and Heartworms
Mosquitos can transmit heartworms to your pet, and it is not just mosquitos. For example, Lyme is a tickborne disease historically associated with and diagnosed in all states. Also, flea infestation has increased by 9.9% in cats and 5.5% in dogs reported by the vet in the past ten years.
Mosquitos are more than just annoying little bugs. In some seasons, dogs can be bitten by 500 mosquitos per day. More than 70 species of mosquitos have been capable of transmitting dangerous heartworm in cats and dogs. Yet, according to AHS (American Heartworm Society), Only half the number of pets receive heartworm preventative.
Ticks That Carry Diseases
Previously ticks could only be found in Gulf Coast, and now they can also be found in the central. In addition, Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Ehrlichiosis have been diagnosed in humans and animals.
Fleas That Lead to Tapeworms and Cat Scratch Disease
Cat scratch disease or Bartonellosis is at its peak. Bartonella henselae has been transmitted between cats by fleas and cats and is likely to be underdiagnosed due to occurring symptoms that are unknown till now. And they are not listed among the classic signs of disease. Fleas can carry tapeworms which can cause severe gastrointestinal and system-wide problems in household pets.
How to Protect Your Pet From Ticks, Fleas, and Heartworms
There are multiple preventative available in the market that can treat a broad spectrum of parasites in a single treatment. Others focus on a specific group of parasites, meaning they are prescribed together.
For example, Credelio prevents ticks and fleas, while Interceptor Plus is prescribed to prevent intestinal parasites and heartworms. In addition, Trifexis is used to prevent heartworms, fleas, and intestinal parasites.
Here are some effective preventatives:
- Flea and Tick Products: Nexgard, Simparica, Advocate (Advantage Multi), Comfortis, Bravecto, Credelio
- Heartworm and Intestinal Parasite Products: Heartgard, Interceptor Plus, Tri-Heart Plus
- Combination Products: Revolution, Revolution Plus, Simparica Trio, Sentinel, Bravecto Plus
Please consult your vet for the treatment which is best for your pet.