Flea and Parasite Prevention

Parasite Prevention 2014

We want your family and your pets to have the best health possible. The doctors at Pet Pals have made major changes in our recommendations for protection of your pets because of changes in disease, weather and new products!

We have tested for diseases carried by ticks as part of our heartworm testing for the past several years. Our results combined with reports from Purdue University, the CDC and other agencies have alerted us to an increase in tick borne diseases in our area.  With changing weather patterns, talk of resistant parasites and serious diseases we are recommending YEAR ROUND heartworm and internal parasite protection for all dogs and cats. HeartGard Plus and Sentinel Spectrum are now available in our office and are tasty chews! Sentinel Spectrum has the added benefit of protecting against whipworms and tapeworms as well as offering flea control over HeartGard. Rebates for these products are available and our staff will be glad to assist you. With the advent of Sentinel Spectrum (which we feel is much tastier to dogs) we will not be stocking Trifexis in the office once our current stock is sold but it will be available through our home delivery prescription service.

In addition, the BEST PROTECTION for dogs that are at ANY risk for tick exposure is the use of a monthly spot-on type product giving repellant power and fast acting and sustained adult flea and tick kill. We are carrying Tritak made by Merial for DOGS (do not use dog product on cats). For outdoor CATS Revolution has still been very effective these past years and gives great protection from heartworm, internal worms, fleas, ticks and ear mites.

AND for the first time we have NEXGARD, a MONTHLY FLEA AND TICK CHEWABLE for dogs that is fast acting with sustained activity for one month. Nexgard is effective against fleas and all stages of ticks regardless of type of haircoat, swimming, bathing or grooming.

In addition to these baseline products a variety of heartworm, flea and tick products are available in our office and from our licensed veterinary pharmacy home delivery website. We would be happy to guide you through the maze of products available so that your family is protected from zoonotic disease and parasites that can be transmitted from these pests.

So much has changed in recent years, but our desire to meet your needs is constant as ever! Below are a few trusted websites for more information on diseases and parasites. You can also register for ePetHealth on our website for access to a large wealth of health topics and home delivery.  Please feel free to contact us with your questions.

Best in Health,
Dr. Towle, Dr. Arnold and your friendly staff at Pet Pals Holistic Veterinary Hospital.

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