The most effective way to prevent heartworms, ticks, and fleas from spreading diseases is to bring them to Normandale Veterinary Hospital for an annual screening. We give comprehensive checkups for the dogs and cats in your home. To find out more about our services, or to schedule an appointment contact us today. We are the pet care specialists in Edina, Minnesota.
Heartworm Prevention Keeps Your Pet Healthy Year-Round
Heartworm prevention is safer and more manageable than heartworm treatment. Once your pet contracts diseases from heartworms or ticks, it can have a severe impact on their health. Thus, the need for prevention is vital to ensure your pet does not fall victim to diseases. Our preventive measures also protect your pet against other parasites, such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, ear mites, fleas, and ticks.
Tick Prevention for Your Dog and Cat
Ticks are everywhere, and their population is growing in the Minnesota area. These parasites can cause life-threatening diseases, such as Lyme disease. Rather than subjecting your dog or cat to ticks, you should visit our animal hospital to get preventative medicine. Both indoor and outdoor animals can benefit from tick prevention treatment. Although outdoor pets are at a higher risk of getting ticks than indoor pets, it only takes one walk or outside activity to attract a tick to a pet. Owners can also carry ticks into the house via their clothing or skin.
Symptoms of Heartworm or Tick Disease
In the early stages of heartworm or tick disease, dogs or cats may exhibit few or no symptoms. As the infection progresses, you'll observe distinct symptoms. Some of these include:
● Persistent coughing
● Resistance to activity or exercise
● Reduced or no appetite with weight loss
● Heart failure or difficulty breathing
● Swollen belly due to excess fluid in the abdomen
Is Your Dog or Cat at Risk of Heartworms or Ticks?
All pets are at risk of getting heartworms and pets. You may live in an area of the Twin Cities where the threat of exposure is high depending on the environmental conditions. For instance:
● Areas close to lakes, streams, rivers, or other bodies of water
● Areas where there is a known outbreak of related diseases
● Areas where groups of pets spend time (salons, parks, boarding facilities)
● Heavily-wooded areas; forests with lots of trees
Heartworm and Tick Prevention Available in Edina, Minnesota
If you haven't given your pet a screening for heartworms and ticks, contact Normandale Veterinary Hospital. We provide heartworm prevention, spay and neuter services, grooming, surgery, and general care. Our service extends to pet owners in the Twin Cities area. To schedule a screening, call us at (952) 831-8272, or you can message us on our contact page.