When it Comes to Lyme Disease in Pets, Prevention is Key

A tick sitting in some pet fur

Residents of south shore communities are, unfortunately, very familiar with ticks and their associated diseases. While not every tick bite results in illness, these parasites undoubtedly pose serious threats to family pets. With year-round parasite prevention medication, you can ensure that your cat or dog is protected from Lyme disease. However, it’s equally important to prevent Lyme disease in pets by minimizing exposure and checking them every day for the presence of ticks.

Parasite Prevention Medication

Parasites thrive in warmer climates throughout the year, and they enter a state of dormancy when temperatures fall below freezing. With fluctuating temperature extremes, it’s not considered safe to stop a pet’s parasite prevention in the “off” season. Indeed, parasites like ticks don’t ever take a break, especially with seasonal inconsistencies.

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Not For the Faint Of Heart: Heartworm Disease 101

The arrival of mosquitoes is an annoying, and potentially dangerous, reality of spring. These tiny pests can pose a serious risk to pets – heartworm disease. Once thought of as a southern state problem, heartworm is now prevalent in all 50 states and Canada, making protection critical for all pets.

What is Heartworm Disease?

Heartworm is a type of roundworm, Dirofilaria immitis, which lives in the heart and pulmonary arteries of dogs, cats, and wildlife (coyotes are a main carrier). Transmitted by over 30 types of mosquito, it causes permanent and severe damage to the heart and internal organs.

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The Bugs are Out! Is Your Pet Protected from Parasites?

Gray and white catch scratching its ear

Summer comes with so many advantages: swimming, barbecues, outdoor parties, lakeside relaxation, camping, hiking… you name it! But along with the perks, comes the parasites.

That’s right; mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, and other warm body seeking parasites are out in droves. Not only are these pests incredibly annoying, but they are also potentially dangerous in the number of illnesses that they can pass on to their unwitting hosts, including pets and people.

Your team at Old Derby have some tips for keeping the bugs at bay, and suggestions for keeping your pet protected from parasites. Continue…