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Dogs and cats get heartworm disease when an infected mosquito bites them. The heartworm then gets inside of their body and can reproduce, which only worsens your pet’s symptoms. The illness is much more prevalent in dogs, but cat owners also need to know about the symptoms so they can prevent and treat it if necessary. Puppies can start on preventive heartworm medication at eight weeks old without any type of testing. At six months of age, a puppy needs to test negative for heartworm infection before a veterinarian can prescribe preventive medication.
Fleas are wingless insects with a lifespan ranging from 14 days to one year. Although tiny in size and not always visible to the human eyes, fleas can jump as high as two feet. They can’t survive and reproduce without a living host. The following symptoms are common indications of fleas or ticks in dogs and cats:
- Droppings that resemble grains of sand or tiny white eggs on the fur
- Excessive biting, licking, or scratching
- Fur loss
- Gums appear pale
- Scabs and hot spots
You’re most likely to spot these blood-sucking parasites on your pet’s head, neck, ears, and feet. Ticks live in tall brush and grass, making it easy to jump onto your pet’s body. Unfortunately, indoors pets aren’t immune from ticks since they can get into the house from another pet or a person.
Dogs and cats typically don’t show obvious signs of a tick bite. To make matters worse, you often can’t see them until they have become engorged with your pet’s blood. In the meantime, they can transmit diseases such as tick paralysis, Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. If your pet goes outside, we recommend running your hands the entire length of his body every night. Be sure to check the underside for ticks as well.
Preventing Fleas and Ticks
You can reduce the flea and tick population in your yard by mowing the lawn frequently and picking up rake clippings and other yard waste. Using a flea comb and doing a tick check daily is the best way to ensure that these parasites don’t have a chance to do serious damage. We also recommend washing your pet’s bedding and toys in hot water weekly.
Your pet's veterinarian is happy to recommend the most effective flea and tick prevention products based on your pet’s species and lifestyle. Keep in mind that we also offer a range of flea and tick products in our online store. Just click the MyVetStoreOnline icon in the top right corner of our home page.
Winter Weather and Pet Safety
The snow is swirling, the temperatures have dipped below ridiculousness, and the winds are occasionally reaching mach levels. It’s wintertime in Ohio. With the lovely, frigid air it’s time to revisit winter weather safety tips.
When the weather is too cold for us, it is likely too cold for our critters too. Consider getting a coat or sweater for your regular walks or trips to visit family (of course the vet is included in the family group). If you have a long haired friend, please do not trim their coats short during the cold months. These animals depend on that coat for additional warmth. Lastly, be conscious of the areas that have thin or no hair. The ear tips, nose, belly, under the legs, and their bottoms are more susceptible to frost bite. Keep an eye out for irritation, redness, or painful skin. As with people, our older pets or those with heart disease, kidney disease, or hormonal imbalances have a tougher time regulating body heat. These precious babies need extra help to stay warm. Thick blankets, coats, or booties are a big help but also consider warming up the car before you leave or making sure they have a super-cozy spot to curl into.
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