Parasite Prevention

Parasites can cause trouble for our pets throughout the year–even in during the colder months! Fortunately, proper flea, tick and heartworm prevention can protect your pet from parasitic diseases, which can wreak havoc on their health. 


Know Your Pet Parasites

 Common parasites we see in dogs and cats include:

  • Heartworms
  • Ticks
  • Fleas
  • Roundworms
  • Ear mites
  • Coccidia
  • Giardia
  • Hookworms
  • Whipworms
  • Tapeworms

Did you know that every year in the United States over 3 million stray cats and dogs are euthanized? You may think these circumstances are only caused by strays, and not house pets. But the truth of the matter is that house cats and dogs contribute to the situation as well. Mother Nature takes its course when all animals are left roaming freely. We kindly ask you do your part in reducing unwanted litters and the deaths of more innocent animals by having you kitten, puppy, cat or dog spayed or neutered.

Parasite Prevention at Heineke Vet
Parasite Prevention Flea Life Cycle

Our team of veterinarians realize that pet spaying and neutering is a sensitive subject. While this may be a traumatic event for both you and your animal, it is one that Heineke Veterinary Hospital highly recommends for population control and health benefits for your pet.

Fleas and ticks can hitch a ride on your pet when they are exploring the outdoors and find their way into your home. With flea and tick preventives, you can help to prevent these vector-borne diseases:

  • Heartworm disease (mosquitoes)
  • Lyme disease (ticks)
  • Ehrlichiosis (ticks)
  • Anaplasmosis (ticks)
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever (ticks)
  • Tapeworm (fleas)

Untreated heartworm disease and Lyme disease can be life-threatening for pets. That’s why prevention is the best medicine. While heartworm is certainly treatable, it can still damage your pet’s health and is very costly. Ask our veterinarians and the trusted staff at Heineke Veterinary Hospital for more information and we will be happy to educate you on our in-house preventatives.

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