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Don’t Gamble with Your Pet’s Health

Go All In with RevolutionTM

By: Deborah Fegan, DVM

It just snowed (again) last night and I am going to have to check Punxsutawney Phil for senility.  Maybe we need to find our own predictor, Charlie Cleveland who can do a better job. But spring is here and with it the return of all those critters that rob your pet of health and comfort.

Your Pet is Under Attack

Your pet is going to be attacked this year by multiple parasites, including intestinal parasites, fleas, ticks, and heartworms. I have written below about some of the main ones to be concerned about and what you can do to protect your four-legged family member.

Intestinal Parasites – Already Here

In reality, the risk of intestinal parasite exposure has been present for several months as we have periodically had standing water and mud present.  It is in the soil that many parasites overwinter.  Intestinal parasites such as hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms are very satisfied to wait out the winter in the ground.  When your dog comes in with mud on their feet, that mud can be full of immature parasite forms.  Your pet naturally wants to clean off, so they lick that mud and ingest those little critters in the process.  Yuck!   Your cat, who is ever washing and grooming, can also be exposed by the mud that you or your dog track in.  These parasites rob your pet of vital nutrients and cause intestinal discomfort. (The Companion Animal Parasite Council reports 15% of commercial potting soil contains Roundworm eggs!)

Ticks – Don’t let them suck your pet’s blood

Ticks also hang out in protected forms waiting for your pet to pass by then leap, yes they really leap, onto your friend and get their next meal before returning to the environment (maybe your house) to continue their growth.  Ticks carry Lyme, Erlichia, and Anaplasma, diseases that can be debilitating to your dog. Unfortunately, last year we diagnosed more cases of tick-related diseases than the previous 5 years combined!

 Fleas – Keep them from having a “Flea Circus” on your pet

Fleas have been living on the squirrels high up in their winter nests and as the squirrels emerge from their rest so to do the fleas return to deposit their immature forms and await a new animal host. Carriers of tapeworms and hemobartenella (also know as Feline Infectious Anemia) as well as causing local skin irritation.  They can be very very harmful to your cat and dog. If your home gets invaded by fleas it can take up to 3 months to get rid of these nasty critters.

Mosquitoes carry heartworms – dangerous both to your dog and cat

Mosquitoes have remained alive in the ground this past winter. As the standing water returns they will begin their maturing process.  They will have to go out for their first blood meals before they become carriers of heartworms but the process has begun. (Indoor cats also seem to be more susceptible to heartworm disease.) They also carry encephalitis viruses that can be deadly.

How to Protect Your Pet from Parasites

Don’t gamble with your pet’s health. Here are my recommendations to protect your pet.

  1. Check your pet daily for external parasites, like fleas and ticks. If you find either a flea or tick call us. (Click here to get EPA recommendations on how to get rid of fleas in your home.)
  2. Get your dog tested for heartworm disease yearly.
  3. Use a broad-spectrum parasite preventative, like RevolutionTM year-round.
  4. Protect your dog from Lyme disease by getting him or her vaccinated.
  5. Get your pet’s stool checked every six months. If you see worms in his or her stool call us.

These recommendations are based on information from (click to see) the


Year-Round Protection is Key to Protecting Your Pet’s Health 

Year round protection is the key to prevention. This can be accomplished easily and safely with Revolution topical protection. One drug protects against all of these parasites. Many other products combine multiple drugs in their product to accomplish the same protection. Why use several drugs when one will do. Fleas, heartworms and intestinal parasites do not have a chance (this is guaranteed by the manufacturer). And ticks may get on your pet but wouldn’t live, they die within 72 hours so they will not continue to contaminate you living space.

SO GO ALL IN with RevolutionTM , year-round and don’t gamble with the health and comfort of the ones who enrich your lives. They will thank you with the joy of feeling well and looking good.

Deborah Fegan DVM

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