Heartworm, Flea and Tick Prevention in Goleta
As a pet owner, you probably find yourself worrying about all the major threats to your beloved companion's health and well-being. Some of these threats are so tiny that they may seem insignificant, when in fact they could endanger your pet's life. Heartworms, fleas and ticks are three particularly common and troublesome parasites that can cause debilitating or even fatal illness in animals. That's why it's so important for you to seek heartworm, flea and tick prevention on your furry friend's behalf and it’s why we are happy to provide such preventative measure here at La Concepcion Animal Hospital.
The Dangers of Heartworms, Fleas, and Ticks
Heartworm is a long, spaghetti-like worm. Mosquitos inject the larvae into your pet's bloodstream, where they naturally migrate toward the heart and lungs for incubation and growth into their adult form. Adult worms can live for years inside these structures; cats may have only a few of them, while dogs can harbor hundreds. Over time your pet may display fatigue, loss of appetite, breathing problems and other symptoms before finally dying from the infiltration.
Fleas and ticks are serious concerns as well. Both creatures can trigger dermatitis, compelling your pet to scratch at the skin hard enough to cause injuries that promote bacterial infection. Fleas transmit tapeworms, cat scratch disease and even bubonic plague, while ticks can expose you pet to Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichia and Lyme disease. Even the anemia produced by blood loss can be fatal to sick, elderly or baby animals.
Schedule Preventative Care from Our Veterinarian in Santa Barbara
Our veterinarians in Santa Barbara, Dr. Caitlin Kelly and Dr. Joseph Dalo, can help your pet avoid the havoc wreaked by these parasitic creatures. Heartworm, flea and tick prevention is always preferable to treating an infestation in progress. While adult fleas and ticks can certainly be removed and killed, they may have already transmitted their deadly disease payload by that point. Treating and advanced case of heartworm is a long, difficult and not always successful process in dogs; cats cannot safely receive heartworm treatment at all, making heartworm prevention an absolute must.
Fortunately, preventative medications do an admirable job of keeping heartworms, fleas and ticks at bay. Many of these medications are formulated to guard against all three parasites; some, such as Revolution, Advantage Multi and Trifexis, protect against others as well. Preventative medications typically have to be administered like clockwork on a monthly schedule to provide lasting, ongoing protection. Options may include topical medicines, protective collars or chewable tablets. Your veterinarian in Santa Barbara can recommend the best product for your pet's needs.
Contact La Concepcion Animal Hospital Today!
Spare your furry friend the dangers and discomforts of heartworms, fleas and ticks. Contact La Concepcion Animal Hospital today at 805-685-4513 to set up a program of heartworm, flea and tick prevention and more!