Once a month, year round, no exceptions!
What is the title of this blog post referring to you may ask, preventatives of course! According to the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) all pets should be on monthly prevention year round for fleas, ticks, heartworm and intestinal parasites. You may ask, what makes CAPC the experts on parasites? They are an independent council of veterinarians, veterinary parasitologists, and other animal health care professionals established to create guidelines for the optimal control of internal and external parasites that threaten the health of pets and people. It is important to keep in mind that many of the parasites contracted by our pets are transmissible to their two legged companions.
Although with the dip in temperatures, you may think the risk of parasite infections also dips – but the risk is still there! Unfortunately many of these parasites are resilient even through harsh conditions – or worse can set up infestations in your home. The staff of both Medfield Veterinary Clinic and Westwood Veterinary Care strongly agree with the CAPC guidelines that all pets should be on monthly, year round preventatives and be tested annually for heartworm disease. Unfortunately with the movement of pets from different regions of the country for adoption (especially from the south to the north) we are seeing a rise in parasite related diseases such as heartworm. If you have questions specific to your pet, please give us a call or schedule an appointment to better address your pet’s needs.
Curious of what parasites have the highest prevalence in Massachusetts? Check out the CAPC Parasite Prevalence app at http://www.petsandparasites.org/parasite-prevalence-maps/. While you are there, peruse their library of helpful resources for both our canine and feline friends! (http://www.petsandparasites.org/).
-Dr. Sara Buckley
Medfield Veterinary Clinic and Westwood Veterinary Care are proudly serving the communities of Westwood, Norwood, Walpole, Dover, Dedham, Canton, Sherborn, Millis and Medfield.