Our veterinarians and staff want the best health care for your pet. . The monthly heartworm preventatives routinely prescribed are known to be effective. However, no medication is 100% effective and re-testing is the only method to ensure that dogs are not infected. We also test for the most common tick-borne parasites (Lyme, Anaplasma and Ehrlichia). With the climate changes, increase in deer population, increase in tick populations, global mobility of pets and increase in these diseases in our area, we want to detect the treatable diseases before they cause any damage to your pet. Also, you yourself may be at risk to the same tick-borne diseases your dog can get.
These are all great reminder questions to ask yourself about the care and well being of your pet during the tick, flea and heart worm season.
• Did your pet visit a heartworm area outside Canada before June or after November? Additional pills may have been needed.
• Did you miss giving a pill or did your pet spit out the medication? If all six pills were not absorbed, the risk of heartworm infection increases.
• Did you give the last pill in November? Heartworm preventives need to be given from one month after mosquitoes are out until one month after mosquito season ends.
• Did you have a large breed puppy on preventive? The medication dose is dependent on weight: if your puppy grew bigger than the weight range of the tablets, the pup may have been at a higher risk.
• Does your pet walk in wooded or grassy areas? Have you ever seen a tick on you or your pet?
We look forward to helping get you and your pets prepared this season! Looking forward to seeing you and your pets soon!