Preventatives Questions

1. My pets never go outside, why use preventatives?

Did you know 1 in 5 fecal samples tested at Companion Animal Clinic are positive for intestinal parasites?  Most animals don’t even show clinical signs of being infected!

Parasites whether they are external or internal can infest your pets easily, in ways typically not suspected. You and your family go outside and so does your dog – if only to go potty. Fleas and ticks can attach themselves to your clothing, shoes and your dogs fur therefore when you go back inside fleas and ticks are brought in with you, and that is how your indoor cats may end up with parasites.

When your dog is outside using the bathroom or going for a walk, all he has to do is walk through contaminated dirt and then lick his paws later on or ingest effective eggs from a contaminated animal carcass, feces or vegetation. Mosquitoes carrying the often fatal heartworm silently drift inside through open doors and windows affecting dogs and cats.

In the long run, the money you put into the preventatives to protect your pets will help protect your pets health and will save you time, money and aggravation during the process to rid your pets and home of parasites.

2. What preventatives do you offer?

We offer canine and feline Advantage Multi, feline Frontline Plus, canine HeartGard Plus, canine Sentinel Spectrum, Proheart 6, NexGard and Simparica. Seresto collars which offer 8 month protection from fleas and ticks are also available for felines and canines.  Our veterinarians will talk with you and recommend the best products for your animal.

3. What if my pet has been using a different preventative?

That’s okay, and we are more than happy to order a preventative of your choice to be delivered to your doorstep.

4. How important are preventatives anyway?

Very important, in addition to preventing parasites (both canines and felines can be infected with more than one parasite simultaneously), it saves time and money by preventing very costly heartworm treatments, de-wormings for intestinal parasites, long and difficult battles with invading fleas, and reduces the risk of zoonotic transmission, the sharing of parasites and disease between pets and people.