Our Florida weather makes your pet an easy target for parasites and small insects. Many parasites can threaten the health of your pet, causing serious illness or even death if left untreated making prevention so important. Flea, tick, heartworm, and other parasite prevention is a year-round job and necessary for keeping your pet safe and healthy.

Flea and Tick Prevention

Fleas can cause dermatitis and anemia and can transmit harmful parasites like Tapeworms, as well as dangerous bacteria like Bartonella. One flea can lay up to 50 eggs in one day, making a flea infestation a substantial threat to your pet’s wellbeing. Flea infestations often spread throughout your home — living in your carpet and furniture and making them tough to eradicate.

Florida is also home to several species of ticks known to bite people and their pets. The longer a tick remains on your pet, the greater the risk they pose to your pet’s health. This makes prevention the goal to protect your pet before any damage or infection can occur.

The good news is flea and tick prevention is as easy as one pill or topical treatment a month. We carry a full line of both oral and topical safe and effective flea and tick preventatives, including Advantage Multi, Cheristin, Credelio, Effipro, NexGard, Sentinel Spectrum and Trifexis, and can recommend which one is right for your pet.

Heartworm Prevention

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease spread by mosquitoes that affects dogs, cats and even ferrets. When a heartworm-infected mosquito bites your pet, heartworm larvae are deposited onto the surface of your pet’s skin and enter the body through the mosquito’s bite wound, slowly developing over many months and making its way to the heart. In the heart, it multiplies until it constricts blood flow, leading to heart and lung disease and major organ failure.

There is no treatment for heartworm disease in cats and ferrets, and treatment of the disease in dogs can be difficult, however, heartworm disease is very easy to prevent with one of the safe and effective oral and topical preventatives we carry, including Advantage Multi, Heartgard Plus, Sentinel Spectrum and Trifexis, as well as ProHeart 12 injections.