Heart to Heart: The Truth About Heartworm in Cats

Heartworm in cats can be a fatal cat disease.If you have a dog, you’ve probably heard about heartworm. Most dog owners are familiar with this threat to their dog’s health, and many know that heartworm prevention is important for dogs. But what about cats?

Heartworm in cats is a growing concern in the veterinary community, but many cat owners don’t know that heartworm is a real threat to their cat’s life. In fact, studies show that less than 5% of cat owners use heartworm prevention in comparison to 50% of dog owners.

With that in mind, Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital thought it was time to have a heart-to-heart chat about heartworm in cats. Continue…

Beyond the Basics: Parasites in Pets

Golden Retriever receiving flea and tick treatment on neckParasites tend to be unpleasant things, and with summer upon us, it may seem like they’re everywhere, just waiting to latch on to your pet! What’s more, seasonal activities, like barbecuing or hiking, can expose your pet to parasites.

Most of us are already familiar with fleas and ticks, but did you know there are other parasites that can also be problematic for your pet? Let’s go beyond the basics to learn more about preventing parasites in pets.

Internal Parasites in Pets

Have you ever wondered why we want to examine your pet’s poop every year? It’s to check for evidence (eggs) of intestinal parasites. Many of these are common in pets, and some are even zoonotic (can be transmitted to humans). Here are some of the most common types of parasites in pets: Continue…

The Prevention, Screening, and Treatment of Lyme Disease in Pets

Lyme disease in pets is a threat to pet healthDoes your pet enjoy the outdoors? Do you travel together to grassy or forested areas between Maine and Virginia? What about simply hanging out in the backyard? If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions, then your pet could easily be exposed to ticks. These creepy, crawly bugs have a terrible reputation for spreading Lyme disease in pets (and people). However, just because they’re likely to cross paths with these blood-hungry parasites doesn’t mean the animals we love should be easy targets.

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The Heart of the Matter: What You need to Know About Heartworm Prevention

Heartworm PreventionThe winter thaw is on the horizon, and in our neck of the woods, that means we start thinking about longer days, gardening, and….The coming mosquito season! Although steamy days and nights might bring with them summer fun, the mosquitoes that also come with warm weather are definitely not welcome. Not only are they annoying for you, but they could also pose a serious health threat to your pet.

Here are some of the basics of heartworm prevention from your friends at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital.

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Fleas, Ticks, and Heartworms, Oh My! All About Pet Parasite Prevention

pet parasite preventionSpring is in full bloom here in New Jersey. Along with the beautiful blooms, breezy days, and growing grass comes a slew of insects and other creepy-crawlies, including fleas, ticks, and mosquitos carrying heartworm.

Your pet’s greatest exposure risk for these parasites reaches its peak April through November, but to be truly effective pet parasite prevention must be a year-round endeavor. Do you know the risks associated with fleas, ticks, and heartworm, and how to protect your pet?

Fleas

Fleas are certainly annoying, and they can cause plenty of suffering for pets and people alike (eradicating a flea infestation is notoriously labor intensive). But beyond their status as irritating pests, fleas can pose health risks to your pet.

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Parasites are Dangerous

by Scott Delaney DVM

sikkes and kitties1Parasites are living creatures that eat, live, and survive at the expense of a host animal.  Parasites are the leading cause of disease in dogs and cats.  Common parasites of dogs and cats in Monmouth County, NJ include heartworms, intestinal worms (roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworm, to name a few), mites, ticks, and fleas.  All of these parasites can cause serious problems for pets.  The risk of parasites is very high.  Click here to see the prevalence of parasites in your area.  Many pet parasites can also pose a risk to your family.  The good news is that all of these bad bugs can be prevented with a chewable treat that you give to your pet ONCE A MONTH.  (click on blue words)

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Flea and Tick Control Just Got Better

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We finally have the newest generation of oral Flea and tick control.  Bravecto® (fluralaner) is a tablet that is administered as a chewable treat to your dog EVERY 12 WEEKS!  The tablet is SAFE and EFFECTIVE at treating and preventing FLEAS AND TICKS.

Fleas are the #1 cause of skin disease in dogs.  Most dogs are allergic to flea bites; much like people are allergic to poison ivy.  Dogs will scratch and chew at their skin causing rashes, hot spots, hair loss, and skin infections.  Ticks are the leading cause of infectious disease in dogs.  Lyme disease is only one of many diseases transmitted by ticks.  Other common tick transmitted diseases can affect blood cells, kidneys, and other organs.  Tick prevention is essential to prevent these serious and common diseases. Continue…