Flea, Tick and Heartworm Prevention

Flea & Tick Control

Protecting your dog or cat from fleas and ticks can be an ongoing effort, especially in Florida and around the Southeast area of the United States where moisture levels and wooded areas induce thriving conditions. When fleas are present, both your pets and household can be greatly affected. We recommend protecting both your premise and pets from fleas and ticks even if only a small number are seen since many more fleas are present than what can be seen visually. Ticks often burrow deep down into the fur of pets in order to attach themselves to the skin so they are often hidden from sight as well.  

Other secondary issues such as disease can be spread through contact with fleas and ticks. Skin conditions like FAD (Flea Allergic Dermatitis) can arise from bites where the flea saliva can cause an allergic reaction. Scratching affected areas can lead to further irritation and bacterial skin infections.

At North River Animal Hospital, we carry preventative products that contain safe and effective active ingredients that ward off and kill fleas and ticks. Most importantly, our choice in the products we carry, if used properly, assist in breaking the life cycle of these parasites in order to prevent pet health issues and further infestations of the household.

For canines, the flea and tick prevention products we recommend include Nexgard, Trifexis, and Simpirica. For felines, we carry Revolution, Cheristin and Bravecto.

Heartworm Prevention

Heartworm disease is caused when a dog or cat is bitten by a mosquito responsible for transmitting the heartworm parasite from one infected animal to another. The disease first develops after infection when tiny microfilariae larvae travel throughout the bloodstream. The parasite then further develops into adult heartworms that become embedded into the tissues of the heart and pulmonary arteries. Once an infestation occurs, the heartworms remain in the body of the host (dogs and cats) who will develop chronic health issues that can cause death.   

Fortunately, we carry products that can prevent the deadly infestation of heartworms like Heart Gard and Trifexis for dogs and Revolution for cats. All of our flea, tick and heartworm prevention products are available at our hospital or clients can place orders through our online pet pharmacy, VetSource – Home Delivery.