Our goal is to provide your pet the safest, most comprehensive prevention recommendations. Our doctors evaluate each pet’s lifestyle, medical history, household, and exposure risk to make the best individualized recommendation for your pet.
Heartworm Disease
Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes to your pets, and North Carolina is consistently in the top 10 states of diagnosed heartworm disease. This disease can be life threatening and cause irreversible changes to your pets hearts, lungs, and other organs. Given mosquitoes are present year-round in North Carolina, we recommend strict year-round preventative. Below are videos from our doctor’s discussing more on the importance of prevention and testing for heartworms.
Intestinal parasites
Many intestinal parasites in dogs and cats cause significant gastrointestinal and other organ issues, even affecting some dogs fatally. In addition to harm of your pets, some parasites that your dog and cat can harbor are zoonotic, meaning they are transmissible to humans. Babies, the elderly, and the immunocompromised are at increased risk of parasite transmission. As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to keep pets on year-round prevention.
Ticks have become more recognized as carriers for life threatening tick-borne diseases, including Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Ticks are present in our area year-round.
An individual flea can lay up to 50 eggs a day, and the eggs can lay dormant up to 3 months before hatching. Fleas attach and feed on the blood of your pets, and can be a vector for further disease from other hosts. Our recommendation is to keep all your pets on year-round preventative.