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Posted on 07-05-2017

Our Veterinarian near Houston Offers Advice on Protecting Your Pets from Summer Parasites

Your vets near Houston treat more pets with illnesses related to fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes than any other summertime health problem. The best way to protect your pet from parasitical infection is by taking a proactive approach before those pesky parasites have a chance to make your pet's life miserable.  Flea and tick collars contain diffusing ingredients that safely and effectively interact with your pet's body chemistry to repel fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. Be aware that most anti-parasitical collars last up to two or three months before you need to replace them with a new collar. Noting the date you put a flea/tick collar on your pet ensure the collar's effectiveness remains full strength at all times.our veterinarian in houston offers advice for protecting your pet during the summer

Tips for Preventing Parasitical Infections in Pets

Your veterinarian near Houston urges all Houston pet owners to:

  • Give your pet monthly oral or topical medications that kill fleas and ticks.
  • Watch pets for signs of flea and tick infestations--excessive scratching, biting or clawing constantly at their rump and tail base area, hair loss and "hot spots" that are inflamed, scabby or oozing.
  • Keep long-haired pets groomed all summer. Long, matted fur naturally attracts parasites because it offers insects a place in which to hide and plenty of furs to hold onto. Untrimmed fur will also prevent medicated shampoos from reaching the animal's hair follicles and skin where most parasites live.
  • Wash pet bedding and rugs at least once a week in the summer to reduce the risk of flea infestations. Vacuum carpets and furniture using attachments to reach furniture crevices and under furniture.
  • Mostly outdoor dogs should be shampooed at least once a month with a flea and tick shampoo. Feline and canine flea dips should only be used on animals with severe flea/tick infestations.

Canine Heartworm Prevention

Another summertime parasitical infection pet owners need to be aware of is canine heartworm disease. Spread by 16 mosquito species including the Aedes and Anopheles type, canine heartworm sickens dogs when mature nematode parasites clog heart valves and major cardiac blood vessels. This reduces blood supply to the dog's lungs, kidney and liver, causing serious health issues. Veterinary drugs are available that kill up to 90 percent of canine heartworms.

Contact Our Local Veterinarian in Houston for More Parasite Prevention Tips

Call your vets near Houston today to schedule an appointment to receive parasite prevention treatment for your pet at 281-440-4441. Our veterinary animal hospital also serves Tomball, Cypress Texas, The Woodlands, King Wood Texas and surrounding areas. We look forward to meeting with you!

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