Spring is here, and you know what that means…

Part of Sue Ann’s Spring Blog series…

Yes, it is time to get your preventative care appointments scheduled! Fleas, Ticks, and Mosquito’s are on their way, and we all know it is more cost effective to prevent a disease than to treat one!

Your preventative care appointments will include a healthy exam, a plain heartworm test or a combination heartworm/tick disease test depending on your pet’s risk. It may also include vaccinations such as the Bordatella (Kennel Cough), Leptospirosis (A virus picked up from licking water), or Corona (virus picked up from sniffing stools {or worse}). We will also want to do a fecal exam to make sure that your pet has not picked up any parasites since the last time we’ve seen him/her. Again, the optional vaccines listed above depend on your pet’s risk factors such as; Do you go to the dog park? Do you board your dog? Does your dog lick from puddles of water on the ground? (in your yard or out) The Doctor and Tech staff will help you determine what is necessary to protect your pet.

Standards have changed…

It used to be that it was acceptable to take flea & tick and heartworm preventative beginning in early spring and continuing until the first frost. Not anymore! The standards changed several years ago and the new recommendation is to take these products year round. This should really not be an option. According to the Companion Animal Parasite Council (May 2016), there has been a 166 percent increase in positive heartworm cases from 2013 – 2015. And if you haven’t noticed, we have been having warmer weather in the typically colder months as well, which makes the flea & tick exposure greater for our pets.

We are ready!

We have a large variety of heartworm preventative medications including Heartgard, Triheart, Interceptor Plus and ProHeart 6. The first three are flavored treats; ProHeart 6 is a six-month preventative which is great for the healthy dog, and the client who has trouble remembering to give the monthly treat.

We also have a large variety of flea and tick preventative products in stock. Frontline Gold, Revolution, Vectra 3D which are monthly liquid, “spot on’s”, and Bravecto (treat form) which is good for 3 months. We have several other brands which we will be discontinuing, not because they are not good enough, but because we have too many types of products and we are working on narrowing it down. Please check out our specials page to see the clearance items for the flea and tick products. These deals may be especially helpful for you financially. We also have rebates, on just about everything else we offer, not only flea & tick products but heartworm products as well. You will want to call to find out what is the best product and deal for you.

Not just for dogs!

When you think flea/tick and heartworm preventative, you typically think about our canine friends. The bad news is that our feline friends can be affected by these parasites as well. The good news is that we have preventative for them too. If a cat gets heartworm disease, there is no treatment for it, so it is especially important to prevent this disease in them.

Preventatives come with a rebate and product guarantee!

Most of our products for flea and tick and heartworm preventative, whether for canine or feline, have very nice rebates. This makes our pricing very competitive with what you can find at the local store, plus when purchased through us they also come with a guarantee when administered properly.
There is no guarantee from the product you buy elsewhere. We also do not support any products purchased elsewhere. You would need to go back to the place you bought it for any issues you have with that product.

If you find you have questions regarding the flea/tick products or the heartworm preventatives, please give us a call at 262-547-7555.