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Parasite Protection


We would like all of our patients to be protected from Ticks, Fleas, Heartworm, Roundworms, Tapeworms, Ear Mites, Mange, and other parasites. 

Ticks carry diseases, such as Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, and Ehrlichiosis, and are active whenever temperatures rise above freezing.  Sadly, we are now seeing ticks on our patients twelve months of the year. 

Heartworm disease, a mosquito borne infection caused by Dirofilaria immitis, requires prevention from June to November.  

We recommend Nexgard Spectra as a Tick and Heartworm prevention for the months of June to November. 

We recommend Nexgard as a tick prevention from Dec to May. 

If you think your dog might hunt mice, rabbits, or other small mammals then he/she may be at risk of acquiring the new ‘fox tapeworm’, Echinococcus multilocularis, that has potentially serious health consequences for humans.  For these patients we recommend Nexgard as a Tick prevention, and Interceptor Plus for the prevention of Tapeworm, Heartworm, and a number of other Intestinal Parasites. 

Blood testing for Heartworm, Lyme, and other tick borne diseases is routinely done between February 1 – July 31.  We also offer Wellness blood tests to all canine patients at the same time as their Lyme and Heartworm testing.  We recommend Wellness testing for our patients 5 years of age or older.  These blood tests allow us to pick up early signs of disease, much like the yearly blood tests done in people, when more can be done to improve health and longevity.  Please call our office to book an appointment.