Summer time is rapidly approaching (or here if you look at the thermometer) and because it’s been so hot this year, our fleas and heart worm problems will also be on the rise. Over the years, there has been many advances in preventatives. This is great news for you and your pet because it provides them with excellent protection from these annoying and potentially deadly pests.
Heartworms are spread by mosquitoes and as we all know, Tampa has plenty of them. Over the years, the preventatives have gotten better so we don’t see as many cases of heartworm but if we get lazy with our routine preventatives, it can easily come back. This is one condition that is definitely safer, easier and less expensive to prevent than to treat. Preventatives are administered monthly and generally well tolerated. Our veterinarians in Tampa recommend yearly testing as well to make sure your medications are being effective.
Tampa is one of the flea capitols of the country so having your pet on a regular preventative is highly recommended. There are many products on the market so contact your veterinarian and they can help you decide on which product is best for your pet. Historically, products have been applied topically, but now there are a few oral products that have been working very well at controlling fleas.
Helping your pet stay healthy is the primary concern of our Tampa veterinarians and regular, good quality flea, tick and heartworm prevention is a huge part of achieving that goal. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding this, or any other veterinary topic in Tampa, FL.