Fleas and ticks are more than just a nuisance. They can make your pet extremely uncomfortable and cause several different types of illnesses. Animal Hospital of Bentonville can evaluate your pet to determine the best type of flea and tick prevention medication.
The screening test for common intestinal parasites like roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, coccidia and giardia is accomplished by microscopic examination of fecal material.
Along with routine deworming and/or monthly prevention, intestinal parasite transmission can be greatly decreased by reducing your pet’s exposure by removing feces from the environment. It is important to note that several internal parasites are considered zoonotic meaning they are transmissible to humans; therefore, it is critical to diminish the possibility of these parasites in our pets. We will recommend a product to treat and/or prevent intestinal parasites based on your pet’s lifestyle and environment.
Fleas can cause intense skin itching, inflammation and allergies. They also play a part in transmission of tapeworms and may cause anemia or other diseases. Your pet should be treated year-round with flea control products to limit infestations on the pet and prevent establishment of flea populations in the home. Once flea infestations are established, it may take several months to bring them under control and every pet in the home, as well as the environment, must be treated regularly. There are a variety of flea control products available and we will help select the best product to eliminate and control fleas for your pet.
Ticks carry and can transmit serious diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, tick paralysis and cytauxzoonosis (bobcat fever). The best method to keep ticks off your pet is by consistently using a prevention for your dog or cat. There are many products that are a combination product for both flea and tick prevention. Contact us to determine the best product for your pet.
Heartworm disease is carried and transmitted by mosquitos. This disease can cause severe damage to the heart, lungs and blood vessels of both dogs and cats. Although cats are not as susceptible to heartworm infection as dogs are, they can suffer from a syndrome called heartworm-associated respiratory disease (HARD) and require symptomatic treatment. One of the challenges with cats, is that the infection is more difficult to detect, due to the way heartworms behave in the cat's body.
All dogs, including those on heartworm prevention, should be tested annually using a quick blood test. Treatment for heartworm infection in dogs is much more expensive than prevention. Fortunately, an easy way to keep your dog or cat safe is by administering consistent heartworm preventatives. Most heartworm medications are combination products to additionally provide protection against internal and external parasites. Let us assist in choosing the right product for your pet.