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Protect your dog from parasites

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Warm weather dangers

If you have a dog you may be fully aware of the precautions that you need to take as a pet owner when the warm weather brings out the mosquito population. Dog owners should bring their pet to the veterinarian for a yearly wellness check up at which time the dog should be tested for the heartworm parasite. After the blood test is completed and results are negative, the dog should begin monthly medication which offers protection from the heartworm disease.

As we enter into the summer months various areas of the country yield greater mosquito populations. Even animals such as wolves, foxes and ferrets are at risk for the deadly heartworm.

Costs and treatments

Each responsible pet owner should investigate all avenues of treatment and make a responsible decision for the best care of their dog. Heartworm medications are given monthly and prices vary depending upon the type and size of the dog. There are topical ointments which can be used for fleas and ticks as well. Many times one medication will perform in all areas but most often some additional treatment is needed for each risk. Each medication can run anywhere from $12 to $25 per month. Ordering the medication online is a less expensive avenue but does require a prescription from a veterinarian. Some medications are now available at retail outlets and can be purchased without an exam. Caution should be used when utilizing these medications as the cost of treating an animal stricken with the deadly parasite is astronomical and often is futile. Good prevention of some type is highly recommended.

Do Natural Remedies Work?

In today’s society many people are beginning to research natural medicine as a means to treating themselves. The high cost of medical treatment has slowly migrated to the veterinarian service area and many people can no longer afford the high cost of treatment for their animals. Many have sought out alternative services for their animals as well as themselves. It should be noted that animal advocate Katie’s K-9 nutritional guide cautions against the strong medications currently used to prevent heartworm disease and also to treat fleas and ticks. Things like garlic and brewer’s yeast have also been suggested alternative preventive treatment for fleas and ticks.

What is the answer for your dog?

The answer is to always research what is best for your animal under the conditions in which it lives. Animals spending a great deal of time outside are of course subject to greater risk. As stated above, a pet owner should do their own investigation and decide which treatment is best for their dog.

Only you can take the needed precaution to protect your child with fur.

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