Heartworm disease in dogs and cats is caused by a preventable but potentially fatal parasite, Dirofilaria immitis. Mosquitoes transmit microfilaria (baby heartworms) from animal to animal which develop into adult parasites over 5-7 months, causing damage to the heart and lungs.
Adult heartworms can live for several years in dogs and several months to years in cats. Indoor and outdoor animals are both at risk of heartworm disease, and most dogs in the Southeastern United States not on heartworm preventative will eventually develop heartworms (cats have a much lower rate of heartworm infection and can be difficult to diagnose).
Heartworms can easily be prevented by making sure your dog and cat receive an FDA approved oral heartworm preventative monthly or, in dogs, a ProHeart injection every 6 months. Unfortunately, there are no reliably effective natural heartworm preventatives. Preventives do not kill adult heartworms and will not eliminate heartworm infection, therefore, a heartworm test needs to be done yearly to assess your dog's heartworm status.
They’re creepy, they’re crawly, they’re altogether icky, they’re fleas and ticks! Fleas thrive when the weather is warm and humid (ahem, Georgia) and because of our warm weather, they can live year-round. You can pick up fleas anywhere - from the obvious suspects such as cats and dogs, to the not so obvious like your own backyard. Because fleas live on mice, squirrels and deer, our own backyards can be a haven for fleas and ticks. Fleas and ticks not only make our pets itchy and uncomfortable, they can also spread diseases, some of them life-threatening. These diseases can infect humans too. We offer several different flea and tick preventatives to fit your specific needs. From topical products to a monthly tablet form, please call or stop by any time for help choosing the product that best suits your pet's needs.