Heartworm, Flea & Tick Prevention

Parasite Facts

Flea Facts

  • Fleas reproduce rapidly – an average adult female can lay more than 40 eggs per day.
  • Fleas can be brought into your yard from a variety of sources, like urban wildlife, and feral cats.
  • By the time you see fleas, an infestation may already by established in the environment
  • Carpets, bedding and furniture provide ideal conditions for immature fleas to develop into adults.
  • Does your pet have fleas? Watch for itching, scratching, unusual amount of chewing or licking, black specks on pets skin or hair coat.
  • Not all flea products are created equal. Look for complete flea control – killing flea eggs, flea larvae, and adult fleas.

Tick Facts

  • Ticks are more numerous and found in more geographic areas than ever before.
  • Ticks live in wooded areas, brushy fields, and may be brought into your yard by many common carriers, like feral cats, deer, raccoons, opossums, wild turkey and coyotes.
  • Ticks can spread infections from one host to the next, including humans. Diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

Heartworm Disease (Dogs) Facts:

  • Mosquitoes transmit immature heartworms from infected dogs to healthy dogs.
  • Heartworms live in the heart and lungs of infected dogs.
  • Left untreated, heartworm disease can be fatal to your dog.
  • Treatment for heartworm disease can be expensive, difficult and unsuccessful.
  • Some common signs of heartworm infection in dogs include coughing, difficulty breathing and sluggishness. However, recently infected dogs may show no signs of the disease.

Heartworm Disease (Cats) Facts:

  • Cats are at risk wherever dogs are at risk.
  • Even indoor cats can get heartworm disease – mosquitoes can get indoors.
  • There is no approved treatment for feline heartworm disease, so prevention is key.
  • Some common signs of heartworm infection in cats include coughing, vomiting, difficulty breathing, sluggishness, sudden death.

Parasite Prevention Products

Nexgard Chewables (For Dogs Only):

  • Kills fleas and ticks with the soft, beef-flavored chew dogs love!
  • It kills existing fleas fast, before they can lay eggs
  • It kills ticks – including the deer tick, lone star tick and American dog tick
  • It stays strong all month long
  • It won’t wash off
  • It’s easy to give

Frontline Gold (For Cats or Dogs):

  • Starts killing fleas in 4 hours
  • Kills up to 100% of fleas in 12 hours
  • Kills fleas and ticks* for a full month
  • Kills adult fleas, eggs, larvae, and ticks
  • Approved for use on puppies and kittens 8 weeks and older
  • Waterproof

(* includes 4 kinds of ticks – deer tick, american dog tick, brown dog tick, lone star tick)

Heartgard Plus (For Dogs):

  • Kills any existing immature heartworms introduced to the dog by an infected mosquito over the past 30 days.
  • Treats and controls the intestinal parasites roundworms and hookworms, which can infect people, too.

Heartgard (For Cats):

  • Kills any existing immature heartworms introduced to the cat by an infected mosquito over the past 30 days.
  • Treats and controls hookworms, which can infect people, too.

Revolution (For Cats or Dogs):

  • Kills adult fleas and flea eggs.
  • Kills american dog ticks.
  • Contains heartworm preventative.
  • Controls and treats roundworms and ear mites.
  • Approved for use on cats at least 8 weeks old, or dogs at least 6 weeks old.