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Posted on 01-18-2018

Heartworm and Flea Prevention

One of the most important things you can do for your pets is to protect them from heartworm infections and flea infestations. In addition to making your furry friends uncomfortable, these conditions negatively impact health and in the case of heartworm, can even prove fatal.

Dog getting flea treatment in Overland Park, KS.

Heartworms

Heartworm disease is easy to prevent but expensive and difficult to treat. Heartworms come from the bite of an infected mosquito, which injects the parasite that then matures into full-sized heartworms. Symptoms don’t become immediately apparent because they occur after the heartworm larvae turn into adult heartworms. Adult heartworms can be up to a foot long and live 5-7 years. They take up residence in the heart, lungs, and blood vessels, impeding blood flow. Eventually, the infection is usually fatal if untreated. Heartworm disease occurs in all 50 states in the U.S.

Fortunately, heartworm prevention is simple and inexpensive. There are many options, with pills as a favorite choice. A one year supply of heartworm preventative typically costs $35-$80, depending on a dog’s size.

Flea Infestation

Flea infestation is another problem that’s much easier to prevent than cure. Once an infestation occurs, it can spread from your pet to your home and be tough to completely resolve. Keeping fleas at bay is as simple as using a preventative treatment regularly. There are many preventatives available in different forms and prices.

Spot-on treatments like Frontline Plus and K9 Advantix are small doses of liquid that come in a tube. You apply one tube to your pet’s skin each month. This prevents infestation and kills any fleas that try to live on your pet.

Flea preventatives can also be given as oral medications. These pills are flavored to masquerade as a tasty treat, and pets take them willingly. Some oral medications protect from fleas, others from ticks, and even more protected from both.

Sprays are also used for prevention and treatment. They kill fleas on contact. Some sprays also offer extended protection. These can be messy to use and sometimes can leave areas of your pet unprotected.

Contact Our Local Veterinarian in Overland Park for More Information Today!

With the effective and affordable treatments available today, no pet ever needs to face heartworm disease or endure a flea infestation. Contact Nall Hills Animal Hospital, your veterinarian in Overland Park KS, today to get the latest preventatives at affordable prices.

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