Flea Larvae And Eggs in Your Carpet
For 2021, Our Hospital Sells The Following Products For Dogs:
Every year we have dozens and dozens of pet owners coming in with flea infestation problems. They come in utterly frustrated having tried many different methods they may have read online or heard from friends or family, to no avail. There are many products out there, and figuring out which to use is a chore to say the least; so we have done the work for you.
Our hospital recommends a small number of products that have proven to be the most successful. They are pricier but are well worth the money.
Simparica Trio can be given to puppies as young as 8 weeks of age.
It kills: fleas, ticks, intestinal worms, and heartworm. All in one tablet given once a month.
In more detail:
Adult fleas within 6 to 8 hours
Ticks; Deer Tick, Lone Star Tick, American Dog Tick, Brown Dog Tick, and Gulf Coast Tick
Intestinal worms: hook worm, round worm
Other worms: heartworm
Beef flavored tablets
Both K9 Advantix and Advantage Multi can be given to puppies as young as 7 weeks of age
K9 Advantix kills: fleas, ticks, lice and mosquitoes
Advantage Multi kills: fleas, intestinal worms, heartworm, lungworm
K9 Advantix is toxic to cats!
In more detail:
Fleas: eggs, larvae, adult and biting
Ticks; Deer Tick, Lone Star Tick, Brown Dog Tick, and American Dog Tick
Intestinal worms: hook worm, round worm, and whip worm
Other worms: fox lung worm, and heartworm
Other: mosquitoes, ear mites, mange (scabies and demodex)
With few exceptions, dog drugs should be avoided during your dog's pregnancy. Giving your dog medications while she is pregnant can result in birth defects to the puppies, harm to the mother, or even spontaneous abortion.
However, some medications are safe for use in pregnant dogs.
Selemectin, the flea, tick and worm preventative branded as Revolution is safe for use in pregnant and lactating dogs.
Revolution kills; fleas, two ticks, heartworm, ear and mange mites.
In more detail:
Fleas: flea eggs and adult fleas,
Ticks: American dog tick and Brown dog tick
Fleas in The House
In case of a flea infestation, Siphotrol can be used as an environment pest control spray in combination with a parasite control on your cat.
Siphotrol is a fast-acting spray for use in the home. It will kill adult fleas and pre-adult fleas (larvae) hidden in your carpet, rugs, drapes, upholstery, pet bedding and floor cracks
Fast acting formula has a 100 percentage knock out rate of adults in 10 minutes
Siphotrol 2000 treats about 2,000 square feet
Siphotrol 1000 treats about 1,000 square feet
It leaves no lingering odor, no stains and no sticky mess
Water based aerosol spray that is easy to apply
Pets get infected with tapeworms by ingesting a flea that is infected with tapeworm larvae.Therefore, flea control is the most important aspect of tapeworm prevention.
Pet owners typically realize their pet has tapeworms when they see small tapeworm segments in the animal’s stool. These whitish, rice-sized pieces (called proglottids, see the picture on the left) are parts of the adult tapeworm, which break off and are passed in the stool.
Diagnosis of a tapeworm infestation is easiest through identification of tapeworm segments in stool.
There are specific dewormers that can be prescribed by your veterinarian to eliminate tapeworms in pets.
What is Heartworm Disease
Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets in the United States and many other parts of the world. It is caused by foot-long worms (heartworms) that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets, causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body. Heartworm disease affects dogs, cats and ferrets, but heartworms also live in other mammal species, including wolves, coyotes, foxes, sea lions and—in rare instances—humans. Because wild species such as foxes and coyotes live in proximity to many urban areas, they are considered important carriers of the disease.
Dogs. The dog is a natural host for heartworms, which means that heartworms that live inside the dog mature into adults, mate and produce offspring. If untreated, their numbers can increase, and dogs have been known to harbor several hundred worms in their bodies. Heartworm disease causes lasting damage to the heart, lungs and arteries, and can affect the dog’s health and quality of life long after the parasites are gone. For this reason, prevention is by far the best option, and treatment—when needed—should be administered as early in the course of the disease as possible.
Cats. Heartworm disease in cats is very different from heartworm disease in dogs. The cat is an atypical host for heartworms, and most worms in cats do not survive to the adult stage. Cats with adult heartworms typically have just one to three worms, and many cats affected by heartworms have no adult worms. While this means heartworm disease often goes undiagnosed in cats, it’s important to understand that even immature worms cause real damage in the form of a condition known as heartworm associated respiratory disease (HARD). Moreover, the medication used to treat heartworm infections in dogs cannot be used in cats, so prevention is the only means of protecting cats from the effects of heartworm disease.
How is Heartworm Disease Transmitted From One Pet to Another?
How is heartworm disease transmitted from one pet to another?The mosquito plays an essential role in the heartworm life cycle. Adult female heartworms living in an infected dog, fox, coyote, or wolf produce microscopic baby worms called microfilaria that circulate in the bloodstream. When a mosquito bites and takes a blood meal from an infected animal, it picks up these baby worms, which develop and mature into “infective stage” larvae over a period of 10 to 14 days. Then, when the infected mosquito bites another dog, cat, or susceptible wild animal, the infective larvae are deposited onto the surface of the animal's skin and enter the new host through the mosquito’s bite wound. Once inside a new host, it takes approximately 6 months for the larvae to mature into adult heartworms. Once mature, heartworms can live for 5 to 7 years in dogs and up to 2 or 3 years in cats. Because of the longevity of these worms, each mosquito season can lead to an increasing number of worms in an infected pet.
What Are The Signs of Heartworm Disease
In the early stages of the disease, many dogs show few symptoms or no symptoms at all. The longer the infection persists, the more likely symptoms will develop. Active dogs, dogs heavily infected with heartworms, or those with other health problems often show pronounced clinical signs.
Signs of heartworm disease may include a mild persistent cough, reluctance to exercise, fatigue after moderate activity, decreased appetite, and weight loss. As heartworm disease progresses, pets may develop heart failure and the appearance of a swollen belly due to excess fluid in the abdomen. Dogs with large numbers of heartworms can develop a sudden blockages of blood flow within the heart leading to a life-threatening form of cardiovascular collapse. This is called caval syndrome, and is marked by a sudden onset of labored breathing, pale gums, and dark bloody or coffee-colored urine. Without prompt surgical removal of the heartworm blockage, few dogs survive.
How Significant is my Pet's Risk For Heartworm Infection?
Many factors must be considered, even if heartworms do not seem to be a problem in your local area. Your community may have a greater incidence of heartworm disease than you realize—or you may unknowingly travel with your pet to an area where heartworms are more common. Heartworm disease is also spreading to new regions of the country each year. Stray and neglected dogs and certain wildlife such as coyotes, wolves, and foxes can be carriers of heartworms. Mosquitoes blown great distances by the wind and the relocation of infected pets to previously uninfected areas also contribute to the spread of heartworm disease (this happened following Hurricane Katrina when 250,000 pets, many of them infected with heartworms, were “adopted” and shipped throughout the country).
The fact is that heartworm disease has been diagnosed in all 50 states, and risk factors are impossible to predict. Multiple variables, from climate variations to the presence of wildlife carriers, cause rates of infections to vary dramatically from year to year—even within communities. And because infected mosquitoes can come inside, both outdoor and indoor pets are at risk.
For that reason, the American Heartworm Society recommends that you “think 12:” (1) get your pet tested every 12 months for heartworm and (2) give your pet heartworm preventive 12 months a year.
What do I Need to Know About Heartworm Testing?
Heartworm disease is a serious, progressive disease. The earlier it is detected, the better the chances the pet will recover. There are few, if any, early signs of disease when a dog or cat is infected with heartworms, so detecting their presence with a heartworm test administered by a veterinarian is important. The test requires just a small blood sample from your pet, and it works by detecting the presence of heartworm proteins. Some veterinarians process heartworm tests right in their hospitals while others send the samples to a diagnostic laboratory. In either case, results are obtained quickly. If your pet tests positive, further tests may be ordered.