Heartworm, Flea & Tick Control and Treatments
Parasite prevention and control is critical to the health and comfort of every pet. Here at Maine Coast Veterinary Hospital, we address these parasites with the safest, most effective medications available for dogs and cats.
Fleas and ticks are the most common external parasites we see on dogs and cats. These pests can cause many problems for pets and their owners, from irritated skin and allergic reactions to a full-blown infestation of your home. The safest, most comfortable, and least expensive approach is to use consistent and effective preventives.
Adult fleas can lay 30–40 eggs daily and up to 2,000 eggs in one lifetime. Fleas create serious medical problems for dogs and cats including:
- Flea allergy
All dogs and cats in our area, including those living indoors, should be on a flea control product year-round.
Ticks carry a number of diseases, many potentially serious. Diseases your pet can contract from just one tick bite include:
- Lyme disease
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
All dogs and cats in our area, including those living indoors, should be on a tick preventive product year-round. We have documented engorged ticks on dogs in our area even in January. If temperatures rise above 35–40 degrees, ticks start to emerge. So year-round prevention is warranted, even in Maine!
There are a number of safe and effective flea and tick control products available. We make recommendations for such products based on the age, breed, type, and lifestyle of your unique pet.
Most puppies and kittens have contracted some internal parasites from their mothers. Such parasites can impede the ability to absorb nutrients and damage the lining of the intestinal tract. The most common internal parasites are tapeworms, roundworms, whipworms, and hookworms.
Heartworm disease is transmitted via mosquitoes. The heartworms actually live in the heart, causing serious damage and, eventually, death. Prevention products for these parasites are readily available through our veterinarians and offer excellent results.
DogsAll dogs should have a Heartworm Test/Tick Panel annually. This test shows exposure to Heartworm disease as well as Lyme, Anaplasma, and Ehrlichia, which are tick-borne diseases. We recommend all dogs take monthly heartworm preventive to avoid transmission of the disease by mosquitoes. The preventives also contain an intestinal dewormer, an added bonus. In our area, we recommend treatment year-round.
CatsFeline heartworm may be more common than we once thought, though it is still quite rare in Maine.
Our Veterinary Pharmacy
Our in house pharmacy and retail area offers a wide array of medications and treatment products to address internal and external parasites in pets. Many over-the-counter parasite treatments or preventives are ineffective, and some are even dangerous. Please discuss your needs with our veterinarians and we will make appropriate recommendations for your specific pet care needs.
We invite you to explore the following handouts:
- Flea Removal Checklist
- Feline Tapeworm Infection
- Feline Roundworm Infection
- Feline Hookworm Infection
- Feline Giardia Infection