I want to wish everyone a happy spring! Of course with spring comes all those warmer weather changes. We find ourselves putting away the winter coats and sweaters and spending more time outside. With spring also comes more fleas, ticks, and mosquitos carrying heartworm disease… It is now 3/26/15 and I have seen or heard about 3 dog patients with ticks so far in the past month so believe me they are out there!
In Wisconsin with its cold winters, I know some people opt to forgo the flea/tick preventitives during the snowy months. Don’t forget, though, that most ticks do not die during the winter, they only become less active. As soon as temperatures rise above 32 degrees, fleas and ticks are out and about, ready to latch onto any warm animal near by. This is why it is recommended to protect our pets year round with the proper flea/tick preventative. Just a reminder that we also have a flavored chewable flea and tick preventative that is equally effective to frontline and also very safe. For those of you who hate the greasy topicals, ask us about Nexgard.
As for heartworm preventative, I believe most owners understand the value of giving it to their pets year round even though mosquitos are at their peak during the summer. I’m sure I am not the only one who has seen a random mosquito in the house during winter months. All it takes is one infected mosquito to pass life-threatening heartworm disease to our pets. Besides guarding against heartworm disease, heartworm preventatives, like Heartgard, also protect our pet against some intestinal parasites/worms that are present in the environment all year round.
So take advantage of this wonderful warm weather, protect your pet, and have fun out there!
Here are a few pictures of our North Lake Vet friends sporting their fabulous winter coats and sweaters from last year.