Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and other pests are annoying part of everyday life - we can all attest to that. Unfortunately, these parasites pose a serious risk to your pet and, by extension, your family. Some infected pets show no signs of illness, and not all parasites cause the same disease signs. Indoors, outdoors, winter or spring - all lifestyles provide an opportunity for these invaders. That is why regular testing and prevention are so important.
Fleas - They thrive in warm and humid environments, whether it be in your pet's coat or inside your own home, and can produce millions of offspring in their lifetime. In addition to transmitting tapeworms and Bartonellosis, and consuming 15 times their own weight in blood, flea saliva elicits a strong allergic response resulting in hot spots and skin infections in many pets.
Ticks - Most common in wooded or grassy areas, ticks transmit a number of dangerous diseases (Lyme disease, Erlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever to name a few) to both pets and people
Mosquitoes - Another near constant companion on outdoor adventures is the mosquito and they bring Heartworm disease with them. This often deadly worm is prevalent throughout the Northern California mosquito population and treatment is both dangerous and expensive.
Intestinal parasites - Usually acquired when a pet inadvertently ingests eggs or spores from contaminated soil, water, feces or food, intestinal parasites can cause malnutrition, weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea and anemia. Besides making your pet sick, many of these parasites can cause significant health issues for your family too.
Ultimately, routine screening and administration of preventatives is both effective and less costly than treatment. We recommend several oral and topical preventatives to keep your pet and family safe, regardless of their age or lifestyle.
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