At Monticello Veterinary Services, we strongly recommend that you keep your cat and dog on prevention year round. While colder weather does reduce the activity of these pests, it doesn’t eliminate the risk completely. Insects and parasites can still survive and find a way into your home and onto your pet.
Why does my pet need Flea & Tick prevention?
Fleas and ticks are not just irritating pests, they can also lead to serious skin conditions and other health issues. Fleas can infect your pet with intestinal parasites, while also causing the irritation of dermatitis. Ticks can also cause skin infections and are notorious carriers of serious diseases such as: Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Ehrlichiosis.
Why does my pet need Heartworm prevention?
Mosquitoes can deposit larvae into your pet's bloodstream that mature into Heartworms. These parasites grow longer and longer, eventually causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body. All it takes is 1 bite from an infected mosquito to spread Heartworm disease to your pet. Heartworm disease is serious and potentially fatal.