Summer Checklist for Your Pet's Health & Happiness

Summer is here (well not officially)! With the warmer months ahead, there are several pet health tips to help keep your pet in tip-top shape! Two ways you can help keep you dogs and cats safe is by having them on a Heartworm and Tick/Flea prevention medications.

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets in Canada and many other parts of the world. It is caused by foot-long worms (Heartworms) that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets, causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body. Heartworm disease affects dogs, cats and ferrets, but heartworms also live in other mammal species, including wolves, coyotes, foxes, sea lions and—in rare instances—humans. Because wild species such as foxes and coyotes live in proximity to many urban areas, they are considered important carriers of the disease. Dogs and cats in Manitoba should be on Heartworm prevention from June 1st to November 1st.

 

We offer 3 different kinds of Heartworm prevention for dogs including:

1. Heartgard: A soft, chewable, beef flavoured tablet that is given orally to your dog once every 30 days from June 1st to November 1st. It is rather tasty, so most dogs are very happy to get this extra treat!

2. Revolution: A topical liquid that is applied to your dog’s neck/back once every 30 days from June 1st to November 1st. This prevention is absorbed through the skin and does need some time to dry. Revolution is a great alternative to those who are picky eaters or have food allergies.

3. Proheart: A slow-release injection that can only be administered in clinic and will last from June 1st to November 1st with one single injection!

 

Our cats require Heartworm prevention too! Currently there is a treatment for canine Heartworm, but due to the size of a Heartworm in comparison to the cat’s heart – there is currently no safe treatment for cats with Heartworm disease.

 

We offer 2 different kinds of Heartworm prevention for cats including:

1. Revolution: A topical liquid that is applied to your cat’s neck once every 30 days from June 1st to November 1st. This prevention is absorbed through the skin and does need some time to dry. Revolution is a great alternative to those who are picky eaters or have food allergies.

2. Milbemax: A unflavoured, coated tablet that is given orally to your cat once every 30 days from June 1st to November 1st.

 

Ticks have also become more of a concern for us here in Manitoba with the increased incidence of Lyme disease. Ticks also carry diseases such as Anaplasmosis and Ehrlichiosis which usually show up with very vague symptoms making these diseases hard to diagnose. Luckily our climate is not the ideal setting for Fleas, but there are concerns of Flea infestations during the summer months.

 

We offer 4 different kinds of Tick/Flea prevention for dogs including:

1. Simparica: A firm, chewable, beef flavoured tablet that is given orally once every 30 days when temperatures are above 4 Degrees Celcius.

2. Nexgard: A soft, chewable, beef flavoured tablet that is given orally once every 30 days when temperatures are above 4 Degrees Celcius. This tablet is safe for young puppies.

3. Bravecto: A soft, chewable, beef flavoured tablet this is given orally once every 12 weeks when temperatures are above 4 Degrees Celcius.

4. Advantix: A oil-based topical parasiticide that is applied to your dog’s neck/back once every 30 days when temperatures are above 4 Degrees Celcius.

 

We offer 1 kind of Tick/Flea prevention for cats including:

1. Bravecto: A soft, chewable, beef flavoured tablet this is given orally once every 8-12 weeks when temperatures are above 4 Degrees Celcius.

 

Depending on your pet’s lifestyle we can help you choose what preventative medication is right for you!

 

With the warmer months also come the increased likelihood of allergic reactions to

insects, bees, molds, dander and pollens!

 

Common symptoms seen this time of year include:

Increased sneezing with eye and nose discharge

Itching and licking

Acute allergic skin reactions of the ears and skin, as well as hives

 

Enjoy your summer

and be sure to contact us for all your veterinary needs!