Skip Winter Parasite Prevention? Not A Chance!

Don't skip winter parasite prevention if you're going to keep pets safe from ticks and fleas!

Keeping your pet free of parasites year round is a responsibility of pet ownership. We all know that parasites can make your pet uncomfortable, but did you know they can also cause serious illness in both your pet and – at times – in your family? Some parasites can be transmitted to humans, so keeping your pet parasite free all year means a healthier pet, healthier family, and healthier home. Conrad-Weiser Animal Hospital explores the why and how.

Winter Parasite Prevention

Many pet owners mistakenly believe that once cold temperatures arrive they can skip a few months of flea, tick, heartworm, and intestinal parasite prevention. Nothing could be further from the truth! Here are a few reasons why:

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Ticks and Pets: A Creepy-Crawly Danger

Ticks and pets don't mix when it comes to keeping your pet safe outdoorsSpring means the emergence of tiny, crawling critters. Just like pets and people, ticks are happy to be out and about in the warm weather. Unfortunately, these eight-legged creatures can do serious damage to our pets, as well as ourselves.

Pennsylvania leads the nation in Lyme disease cases, but there are other dangers associated with ticks and pets. At Conrad-Weiser Animal Hospital, raising awareness about ticks is important to us, and we want to help you protect your furry friend this spring and throughout the year.

Berks, Reading, Lebanon and Lancaster counties in Pennsylvania, all have deer ticks and American dog ticks. Deer ticks actively feed at temperatures 40 degrees and above, making them active here 10 to 12 months of the year. We see American dog ticks here from April to the end of August.

In the summer, deer ticks are so small that we hardly notice them on ourselves or our on our pets. By default, any tick you can see in the summer is an American dog tick. Continue…

How Flea Prevention Affects the Health and Safety of Your Pet

flea preventionFinding out that your pet has fleas is something every dog or cat owner dreads. Not only can they cause serious irritation and health issues for pets and people, a flea infestation is notoriously hard to eradicate.

As with most of life’s problems, controlling fleas is best done by preventing them from becoming a problem in the first place! The ongoing responsibility of flea prevention is multi-faceted, and involves preventive medication, close observation, and making your home and property as inhospitable to fleas as possible.

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Not for the Faint of Heart: Heartworm Disease and Prevention

heartworm preventionHeartworm disease has long been a known problem that affects dogs, and recently it is becoming apparent that cats are infected with heartworm more frequently than originally thought. In fact, it has been reported that up to 15% of cats in some areas are now testing positive for this disease.

In the U.S., heartworm disease was once limited to the south and southeast regions, but, for a number of reasons, it is now found in all 50 states. Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital thought it an opportune time to bring you the facts about heartworm prevention.

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Achieving Long-Term Health Through Pet Parasite Prevention

parasite preventionThere’s no doubt that fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes are an annoying nuisance, but the diseases they can spread may fly under the radar for many pet owners. This makes year-round pet parasite prevention a cornerstone of responsible pet ownership.

Fleas

Fleas thrive in warm, humid environments. All dogs and cats are susceptible to flea infestations, even those who live exclusively indoors.

Besides causing significant discomfort for pets, fleas can transmit diseases such as Bartonella (cat scratch fever), tapeworms, and Plague. Fleas are notoriously difficult to treat, and eradication can be exhausting and time-consuming.

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