Flea & Tick and Heartworm Prevention

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”
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Protecting your dog from fleas, ticks and heartworms is an important part of responsible pet care. Fleas and ticks are so much more than annoying pests and can actually cause serious illnesses in your dog. The American Veterinary Medical Association strongly recommends the use of flea and tick preventative medication. It is with these products that we can keep our dogs safe and healthy!
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Did you know that there are more then 15 million deer in the US and many of them share habitats with people and their pets? Despite their beauty, deer are common carriers of ticks and can facilitate the spread of tick borne diseases to dogs and humans. Some of the diseases that fleas and ticks can transmit from animals to humans (zoonotic diseases) include plague, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, bartonellosis and others. (AVMA) Even when temperatures drop below freezing point, dogs are not safe from ticks as some species come equipped with tick antifreeze to help them survive during the winter.
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Ashburn Veterinary Hospital recommends two great products for Flea & Tick and Heartworm Prevention. 
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Parastar:
  • Prevents against ticks, flea bites, chewing lice & mites.
  • Starts working in 5 minutes of application.
  • Last for 30 days.

Sentinel:
  • Prevents heartworm disease caused by mosquitos.
  • Stop fleas before they become adults to end the infestation cycle.
  • Removes and controls whipworms.sentinel-product-packages
  • Controls hookworms.
  • Removes & controls roundworms.
  • A once a month flavored, chewable tablet.

Did you know that one mosquito bite is all it takes to infect an unprotected dog with heart worms? Nearly 300,000 indoor and outdoor dogs in the US contract heartworms each year, causing heart & lung damage and even death. The treatment is invasive and doesn’t always work, so we highly recommend using a monthly preventative medication. Don’t take a chance with such a serious disease.

These pests can cause some nasty diseases in our pups, but thankfully we have the power to prevent them! Do you have more questions concerning preventative care? Do you need to get a refill on your dogs medicine? Feel free to give us a call at (703) 729-9200. We are happy to answer any questions you may have!

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Written By: Jessica Fickling, Veterinary Nurse


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