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There are several different types of parasites our dogs and cats can have. Some of them can be contracted by humans! All puppies and kittens have some sort of intestinal parasite they are born with and we will provide some sort of dewormer at each vaccine visits. Adult dogs and cats can pick up parasites in their environment, from fleas, ticks, wildlife in your yard, etc. Keeping your pet on a prevention is much more effective and less costly then treating for a disease/parasite!

Heart worm

The American Heartworm Society recommends guidelines that include year-round prevention for dogs and cats. Yes, CATS! Cats get heartworm disease like dogs, via mosquitoes. The interesting fact is that of cats that tested heartworm positive, the majority were indoor only cats! Symptoms in cats often mimic asthma or allergic bronchitis. And while there is no cure, testing and prevention are recommended so that owners are prepared with treatment if acute respiratory distress symptoms are noted.
Fortunately there is a treatment for canine heartworm disease, but this disease is so much easier, and cheaper, to prevent.

Canine Heart worm Prevention and Intestinal Parasite dewormers

Product Prevents

Heartgard

Heart worms, round worms, hook worms
Interceptor Plus

Heart worms, round worms, hook worms, whip worms, tape worms

Sentinel

Heart worms, round worms, hook worms, whip worms, fleas


 

Feline Heartworm prevention

Product Prevents

Revolution

Heartworm, Adult fleas, flea eggs, ear mites, hook worms, roundworms

Feline Heartgard

Heart worms, hook worms

These products come with a full guarantee when purchased through a licensed veterinarian, meaning if your pet obtains parasites the product should prevent, the company will reimburse for treatment. Rebates or free doses are also available through veterinarians. These guarantees and rebates are void if purchased through internet companies by manufacturer mandate.

Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks are certainly something you need to worry about for your 4 legged friend. Even if they are only outside for a small amount of time/ completely indoor! Bugs can still come into your house and infest your pet! Better to prevent an infestation rather then chase a problem later. We currently recommend April-November with flea and tick prevention, however with the milder winters we have been leaning toward year round prevention. It is recommend you stay on year round prevention if your pet goes boarding a lot or goes to doggy daycare or any other area with a high dog population.

Flea and Tick Prevention

Product Prevents

Frontline Gold- For Dogs & Cats

 Fleas, Ticks

Nexgard- Dogs only

Fleas, Ticks

Vectra 3-D

Fleas, Ticks, Repels- Mosquitos, Biting Flies

For Cat Flea and Tick Prevention we typically recommend the topical Revolution listen above.

This website is a great resource for everything TICK related. It has specific information on ticks specific to our area. It also has a great feature where you can take a picture of a tick you found on yourself or your pet, send it to them and a tick expert will get back to you on what kind of tick it is and what diseases it can carry.

Unfortunately, there is no all in one product to prevent heart worms, intestinal parasites, fleas and ticks. Speak with a Red Cedar team member about the best combination for your pet and your life style today!

Fecal Parasite Screen

The Companion Animal Parasite Council recommends yearly screening for intestinal parasites in canines and bi annual screenings in felines. Parasites can burrow into the muscle when your pets are young puppies and kitten, emerging several years later. So even if your pet is on a monthly prevention, it is a good idea to continue to screen as recommended. Especially if your pets spends time around a young child, it is important to ensure that your pet does not have intestinal parasites that can be passed to those with an immature immune system. Follow this link to learn more.