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CHOOSING THE RIGHT HEARTWORM, FLEA AND TICK PREVENTION FOR YOUR DOG

Background information:

There is a large selection of heartworm, intestinal parasite, flea, and tick prevention products on the market. No one product is perfect for all dogs because each dog – and its companion family – has a different lifestyle and needs.

The Companion Animal Parasite Council (www.capcvet.org) recommends year-round heartworm prevention. This recommendation is based on multiple factors related specifically to heartworm, as well as the fact that modern heartworm preventives provide additional intestinal parasite control in our companion animals. The incidence of companion animal heartworm and intestinal parasite infections has increased because:

  1. Movement of our companion animals to or from warmer climates with higher rates of infection continues to increase – many dogs are traveling with their families to warm weather during the winter months and local shelters/rescues are adopting out pets relocated from other areas of the country. (The prevalence of heartworm infections increased after Hurricane Katrina relocated hundreds of thousands of pets to other areas of the country.)
  2. Climate change has resulted in milder winters with sporadic periods of warmer weather. Thus determining a time frame for a seasonal preventive program that is safe, effective, and definitive is very difficult.
  3. Working or traveling families often use day care/ boarding facilities to offer their dogs exercise and environmental enrichment. Although these facilities diligently disinfect their environments, no disinfectant will kill all parasite eggs. Many of these facilities require year-round prevention for their clients as a means of additional protection for your dog (and your children, who are susceptible to intestinal parasite infection.)

Increased intestinal parasite burdens in our companion dogs are a danger to young children, and to adults who are immunocompromised (HIV, autoimmune diseases, chemotherapy patients, pregnant women). Multiple

Considering all these factors, it is prudent to keep your dog on heartworm prevention year round.

Recommended Heartworm / Flea / Tick / Intestinal Parasite Preventives

There are many factors to consider when choosing the right preventive(s) for your pet. Please speak with your veterinarian about which products are the best choice for your dog and your family.

Oral heartworm / parasite products:
Interceptor Plus – heartworm, hookworm, roundworm, whipworm, and tapeworm
Sentinel – heartworm, roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, and flea control (growth regulator only)
Heartgard - heartworm, roundworm, 2 types of hookworm prevention
Comfortis - flea control only (fast acting)
Bravecto – flea & tick control (12 week efficacy)

Topical heartworm / parasite products:
Revolution - heartworm, flea, tick (American Dog Tick only), ear mites and Sarcoptic mites

Topical Flea / Tick Products (no heartworm preventive):
Parastar - fleas, ticks, chewing lice
Parastar Plus – fleas & ticks (with growth regulator), chewing lice, Sarcoptic mites

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