Infected mosquitoes can deposit larvae into your pet's bloodstream that mature into Heartworms. These parasites grow longer and longer, eventually causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body. All it takes is 1 bite from an infected mosquito to spread Heartworm disease to your pet. Heartworm disease is serious and potentially fatal.
Going just one month without heartworm prevention can leave a pet exposed and at risk for heartworms. Testing helps us determine if your pet can safely receive heartworm prevention, or if we need to treat an active infestation. Testing annually for Heartworms is our clinic policy, and the recommendation of the American Heartworm Society. It also allows us to report any breakthrough infections to the manufacturer should your pet need treatment.
Fleas and ticks are not just irritating pests, they can also lead to serious skin conditions and other health issues. Fleas can infect your pet with intestinal parasites, while also causing the irritation of dermatitis. Ticks can also cause skin infections and are notorious carriers of serious diseases such as: Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Ehrlichiosis.
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