Category Archives: Fleas Ticks & Heartworm

Can Pets Get Lice?

pets get liceIf you’ve ever had a scare with head lice, it’s likely you never want to experience it again. Head lice, which is a specific species called Pediculus humanus capitis, only affects humans. In other words, while lice may spread from one human family member to another, it’s impossible that your pet was the cause of the problem.

Unfortunately, however, pets get lice – just a different kind. Keep reading to learn more about this itchy, annoying, and sometimes harmful parasite.

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The Year-Long Itch: Parasite Prevention That’s Year Round

parasite preventionSpring and summer are marvelous for many reasons. Not on the list of seasonal splendors? Parasites, of course. Yes, bugs are a natural consequence of warmer weather, but with a proactive approach to parasite prevention, they don’t have to bother your pet – or spread dangerous diseases!

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Urban Bugs: Parasite Prevention in the City

parasite prevention in the cityIt makes sense to assume city-dwelling pets are generally healthier than rural ones. They don’t typically find themselves spending long hours in bordering farms or fields, wandering far from home. Urban pets also usually have quicker, easier access to veterinary care.

Sure, city-dwelling pets have a lot going for them. However, that doesn’t mean we can ignore the risks from parasites. If you’ve ever wondered about parasite prevention in the city and whether it’s a major part of overall health and longevity, we can assure you it is!

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Taking Care Of Business: How To Remove a Tick from Your Pet

WestPark_iStock_000000483999_MediumIt’s warming up and you know what that means…bugs! While most of the spiders and insects waking up in spring are innocuous, blood-sucking ectoparasites, like ticks, are anything but. Lurking in large numbers throughout Ohio, ticks latch onto precious pets innocently enjoying the sunshine and adventure intrinsically found in spring and summer. Continue reading

Just One Bite: Preventing Heartworm In Cats

WestPark_iStock_000012298746_Large (1)Of the three parasites we actively try to keep at bay on a year-round basis, heartworm in cats is possibly the most insidious – and dangerous. However, it is often the most overlooked, too. After all, a flea infestation is anything but subtle and a rigorous inspection of your pet’s fur can reveal a tick’s hard body. But, heartworm is a silent and invisible killer.

Heartworm in cats is silently transmitted by just one bite from an infected mosquito and the diagnosis is a fatal one. In case your four-legged furball is not presently on a year-round parasite prevention schedule, let’s review the importance of warding off this devastating disease. Continue reading

Why Year-Round Heartworm Prevention Matters

iStock_000020494295_MediumFamilies with cats and dogs usually breathe a collective sigh of relief when it comes to autumn’s approach. Pets frolic outdoors for longer stretches and won’t easily overheat, de-hydrate, or become the prey of blood-sucking, disease-carrying parasites, such as mosquitos. In Cleveland, our first frost usually occurs around the first week in October. Mosquitos may die off before then but their effects are long-reaching and can be felt long into the winter months.

Understanding Heartworm

While many of us know that heartworm is a threat to our pets, few of us understand why. Continue reading

Parasite Preventatives: Protecting Your Pet from Fleas, Ticks, and Heartworm

Playful Stray Puppy in North African DesertProtecting your pet from fleas, ticks, and heartworm is an important part of being a pet owner. Not only can these parasites be a nuisance to your pet (and you), but they also pose a serious threat to your pet’s health.

Your pet’s exposure risk for these parasites is at its highest April–November, but parasite prevention must be a year-round commitment if it is to be truly effective. Do you know what’s at risk when it comes to fleas, ticks, and heartworm? If not, read on to learn more about these parasites, and why parasite preventatives are so critical to protecting your pet’s health. Continue reading