Fleas, ticks, worms, and mosquitoes: it’s important you protect your pet from these pests and the problems they can cause for both animal and human family members:
- Fleas – can trigger dermatitis, tapeworm, hot spots and infest a home
- Intestinal worms – cause illness and can also infect humans
- Ticks – can transmit numerous dangerous illnesses to both pets and people, including Lyme disease
- Mosquitoes – carry potentially deadly heartworm, which is on the rise nationwide.
In addition to preventive medications, you should thoroughly check your pets for fleas and ticks if they’ve been outdoors.
Some worms can be detected in your pet’s stool, although others cause different symptoms. Intestinal worms are usually easy to eliminate with medication but left untreated, they can eventually make your pet very ill.
Heartworm from mosquitoes is potentially deadly for pets and often there are no symptoms until the disease is well advanced. Currently, there is treatment for dogs, but it can be expensive and very hard on your pet.
At Lakeview Veterinary Services, we believe prevention is always the best treatment! We carry many different types of flea, tick, and heartworm preventive and many of them also prevent some intestinal worms. Our veterinarians can help you choose which one is right for your pet. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (815) 678-1101.