Common and Effective Tick Preventives for Your Pet

Ticks! Fleas! Oh my! With pet ownership comes the presence of these little pests. They are a reality, but you can prevent them affecting your pet! Without appropriate prevention, tick (and fleas) can become a real nuisance and cause some real problems for your pet’s health. Ticks pester your pet by ‘hitching a ride’ on

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How Pets Contract Lyme Disease

Just as you probably thought, pets can contract Lyme disease the same way humans do; from the bite of a tick infected with the Lyme bacteria. Each region carries different tick species and different climates affect the overall risk. Ticks are like little vampires – they ‘vant to suck your blood’! They literally live by

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How dogs are affected by tick-borne diseases in your region

The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) provides great data each year on how tick-borne diseases impact dogs in each region of the United States. The data is broken out by the most common tick-borne diseases such as Lyme, ehrlichiosis, and anaplasmosis. Each of these diseases is passed along by different tick species, and one may

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How do I know if my pet has a tick-borne disease?

As pet owners we have a responsibility to know when our pet is feeling healthy, and when they aren’t. Since pets can’t talk to us, they signal with their body language and it can be quite obvious when something is wrong. Tick-borne diseases have their own set of symptoms to look for and a blood

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How does Heartworm Disease affect dogs?

When it comes to heartworm disease, dogs are more at risk for contracting the disease than cats. In fact, the process by which a cat becomes heartworm positive is very different than in dogs, but we’ll discuss that in another blog post. According to the American Heartworm Society, the main difference for dogs is that

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4 Reasons Why You Should Vaccinate Your Indoor Cat

So, you have an indoor cat. That means your cat should be safe from parasites and other issues, right? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. While indoor cats can be less vulnerable to certain parasites and pet diseases, it’s still entirely possible for an indoor cat to contract a disease or parasite. Plus, there are plenty

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What does heartworm disease look like in your region?

The Companion Animal Parasite Council provides great data each year on how heartworm impacts dogs in each region of the United States. Highest risk areas are featured in a deep orange color, where areas with less risk have a lighter orange color. It’s important to note this map clearly shows that heartworm disease is found

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4 Medications to Help Prevent Heartworm Disease in Your Pet

To help understand how to prevent heartworm disease, it’s helpful to know the origins of heartworm disease. It all starts with the bite of a mosquito. The baby heartworms, also known as microfilaria, circulate in the bloodstream and a mosquito will bite an infected pet and then transfer the heartworms to a susceptible pet. After

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