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Heartworm and Flea Prevention

Heartworm and Flea prevention - Dr. Goodyear Veterinarian in Overland Park, KS at Nall Hills Animal Hospital can help you and your furry family members prevent heartworm and flea problems.

Dog itching his legs from fleas.

Prevention of heartworm and fleas is always the best option because once your pet gets heartworm or fleas it can lead to a whole other host of problems.

Sadly, heartworm and fleas can make your cat or dog very sick and can also be fatal. If you see any of the following symptoms is sure to get your pet to Dr. Goodyear a Veterinarian in Overland Park at Nall Hills Animal Hospital immediately.


  • Fatigue after playing or running
  • A cough that won’t go away
  • Trouble breathing

You will notice a change in your cat or dogs’ behavior that will alert you to a problem.


  • Itching / Digging
  • Biting at the fleas
  • Hair loss
  • Red marks
  • Scabs
  • Pale gums
  • Behavioral changes

The good news is all the above can be avoided with prevention.

Medication to Prevent Heartworm & Fleas

Heartworm can be prevented with medications. Talk to Dr. Goodyear about your medication options for preventing heartworm in cats and dogs. Some of the most common preventive medications include the following:

  • Interceptor Plus (dogs) is a prescription that can be administered at six weeks of age and they must weigh at least two pounds

There are several more preventive types of medicine for heartworm and fleas, most (not all) of the medications also prevent against several parasites including the following:

  • Roundworm
  • Ear Mites
  • Flea eggs
  • Hookworms
  • Whipworms
  • Roundworms
  • American dog ticks

You need to speak with Dr. Goodyear when trying to decide which heartworm and flea medication is best for your cat or dog. As you can see by the list above you want to be able to prevent as many parasites as possible too, and not all the medications are appropriate for all the parasites. Therefore, Dr. Goodyear will be able to advise you on which preventive medication is best based on your pets’ risk of being exposed to certain parasites.

Contact Our Overland Park, Veterinarian for More Information Today!

If you have a new kitten or puppy you want to stay on top of any preventive medicine, your first step is taking them to the vet. Just as you do your other cats and dogs – Dr. Goodyear and the Veterinarian at Nall Hills Animal Hospital in Overland Park, KS look forward to meeting your furry family members and devolving a lifelong relationship with them. To make an appointment call our office at (913) 341-8836.

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