Prevention Specials for Summer!!
NexGard and Heartgard Summer Special
We love summer!! The weather is nice which gives you the opportunity to explore the outdoors with your furry friends. Unfortunately, the warm weather also brings out pests like fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. They hitch a ride on your furry companion and cause conditions like lyme disease, irritated skin, and heartworm disease to name a few.
Thankfully, there is an easy solution to preventing these harmful diseases! Giving a regular, monthly dose of prevention will keep these pests at bay. In addition, both NexGard and HeartGard come in a chewable form that makes it more enjoyable for your pet.
NexGard kills fleas and ticks all month long in dogs; however, it is not safe for cats. Here are some fast facts from the maker of NexGard, Merial:
- Effective against 4 tick species- Lone star ticks, blacklegged (deer) ticks, brown dog ticks, and American dog ticks
- Kills fleas fast! In a study, NexGard killed >99% of existing fleas within 8 hours after treatment.
- Safe and effective for puppies as young as 8 weeks of age weighing 4 pounds or more
- Dogs love the beef-flavored NexGard soft chew making it easy to give
There are three intestinal parasites that HeartGard prevents: Heartworms, Roundworms and Hookworms. Here is a description of the three parasites from Heartgard’s creator:
“Heartworms can lead to severe problems with the heart, lungs, liver and kidneys. Heartworm larvae are transmitted through infected mosquitoes. They can be deposited in a dog with asingle mosquito bite. Heartworm disease can lead to death. It is costly and painful to treat. Heartworm disease is preventable.
Roundworms are the most common internal parasite among dogs. Adult roundworms live in the intestine. A large population of adult roundworms can block the intestinal tract. Dogs become infected with roundworms through the placenta, from nursing, or through contact with feces from an infected animal. Roundworms can be treated and controlled.
Hookworms feed on the intestinal lining of infected dogs, resulting in blood loss and inflammation. This can lead to anemia, debilitation and death, particularly in puppies. Hookworms can be spread through the ingestion of contaminated soil or feces, directly through the skin, or from nursing. Hookworms can be treated and controlled.”