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Fleas are tiny insects that bite your pet to feed on its blood. You may notice “flea dirt” in your pet’s fur or even see the fleas hop around. It’s important to use a regular preventative all year because they can travel quickly.

Heartworm  Disease
Heartworm disease is spread through mosquito bites, and it only takes one for your dog or cat to catch it.  Heartworm preventatives are available in topical, chewable and injectable treatments. Discuss your options with your veterinarian to determine which is best for your pet.

​Intestinal Parasites
Intestinal parasites live in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract. They include a variety of worms and protozoa. Although you won’t always be able to see these parasites, you you may notice the symptoms, which can include weight loss, vomiting and diarrhea.

Ticks are bigger than fleas, but they are harder to detect because they do not cause the regular itching that fleas may cause. Ticks will latch on and feast on your pet’s blood for many days, but they can transmit diseases such as Lyme’s disease.

Diseases caused by parasites and insects affect many pets every year and can lead to serious illness. Cost of treatment can be expensive, but there are easy ways to protect dogs and cats before it gets to that point. All dogs and cats are at risk for parasites, and at Golf Rose, we can help you protect your pet.

Basic Parasite Prevention Tips:

  • Deworm your pet according to your veterinarian’s recommendations.
  • Keep your pet on year-round parasite prevention.
  • Bring your pet in annually for routine parasite screenings (heartworm and fecal screenings).
  • Look through your pet’s hair coat to check for “flea dirt” and live parasites, particularly after visiting the dog park, beach and wooded areas.

Parasite Prevention