At All Creatures Small, we recommend that your pet be on regular and consistent heartworm and flea and tick prevention products. There are numerous products available to tailor to your pet’s prevention needs.
Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes. Heartworm disease is both expensive to treat and can be risky for your pet. However, there are many different heartworm preventatives available. When administered monthly, they are extremely effective in preventing heartworm disease. Most heartworm preventatives also help treat and control a variety of intestinal parasites. Pets can become infected with internal parasites by various means. The ingestion of dead animals (rabbits, squirrels, mice, etc.) or soil which is contaminated with parasite eggs, the ingestion of fleas, beetles or crickets, potting soil, and stools of infected animals can cause parasite infestation. By giving monthly heartworm preventatives you will also be controlling intestinal parasites. The heartworm medications that we offer in the clinic are Interceptor Plus and Heartgard Plus. We can order other preventatives through our online store and have them shipped directly to your home. We may suggest other options depending on your pet’s risk and medical history. For example, animals suffering from food allergies should use a topical product instead of an oral one.
Flea and tick prevention is also important for our pets. Even though we can have very cold winters, we still see fleas all year long, as they can survive indoors. Administering a flea and tick preventative is the best way to protect your pet and your home from an infestation. In addition to being difficult to eliminate once an infestation is in place, fleas can also carry parasites and diseases to your pets. Ticks can transmit diseases such as Lyme which can cause your pet to become very sick. Preventatives for flea and tick control come in both topical and oral forms. Preventatives that we carry at All Creatures Small include Frontline Gold, Nexgard, Credelio, and Comfortis. Other preventatives can be ordered and sent to your home for your convenience.