Fleas, Worms, Ticks…. Oh My!

Fleas are always a problem. And although they are not as bad in the summer months as they are in the fall or months leading up to the winter, flea protection is extremely important. Several types of flea protection exists; external flea ointment, ingestible heartworm/flea prevention, as well as several variations and options from well-known brand such as Frontline Plus or Advantix.

When developed in the lungs, heartworm is a parasite that looks like spaghetti, effecting dogs, cats, foxes, wolves and several other animals all over the country. The life cycle of heartworm is somewhat complicated, but the important thing is preventing the worm from developing through the use of safe and effective drugs.

Some animals may be allergic to bee/wasp stings but in general, they should cause no more than a passing irritation. Signs of an extreme reaction include, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, hyperactivity followed by fainting or a vast swelling area. If you notice any of these reactions, take your pet to the vet immediately. If there is no allergic reaction, simply remove the stinger with tweezers. If it looks swollen, ice it as you would in any circumstance.

If curious George was sniffing around and got stung on the face or neck, and you begin to notice increased swelling, difficulty breathing, fainting or vomiting, contact the vet immediately!

Finally, like, creepy crawling spiders, ticks are arthropods; more than 800 different types of tick species exist, and some carry deadly bacteria and diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Q fever. Outbreaks of tick-related illnesses follow seasonal patterns (in the US, April to September) as ticks evolve from larvae to adults. They usually hide in low-brush areas so if you see your feline or canine friends playing in suspicious areas, remember to check them later or treat them.

Stay safe!