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Protect Your Pet this Winter


Pet owners often assume parasite prevention is a seasonal spring or summer problem, but pests such as fleas and ticks torment pets throughout the year. Despite their tiny size, fleas and ticks cause misery for your pet. They stimulate allergies, cause infections and transmit infections and disease, not only to your pet but also to you and your family. If you see fleas, there are also eggs and larvae in your carpets and bedding.  Valleydale Animal Clinic has safe, effective products available to suit your pet and your budget. To prevent fleas and ticks on dogs, we recommend Nexgard, a tasty chew given to dogs monthly.

Pets also need year-round protection from heartworms. Heartworms are a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets, particularly in screen-shot-2016-12-26-at-1-51-21-pmAlabama with the prevalence of mosquitoes. If a mosquito infected with heartworms bites your pet, the disease is transmitted through the bite wound. Foot-long heartworms live in the heart, lungs and blood vessels of infected pets, causing lung disease, heart failure, organ damage and can be fatal if untreated. To help protect your pet from this deadly disease, Valleydale Animal Clinic has safe, effective products available. We recommend Heartgard, a tasty chew given to dogs monthly. For cats, we suggest Advantage Multi, which is applied topically each month to prevent heartworm disease and kill fleas.

Let’s resolve to protect our pets from parasites in 2017! Happy New Year!

– Jeff Falone, DVM 

Valleydale Animal Clinic


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