Heartworm & Flea

Heartworm & Flea Treatment

As a pet owner, there are a lot of potential problems you must deal with. While most people have dealt with a lot of different issues, fleas and heartworms can be a little more complicated. If you think your pet may have heartworm or fleas, Trilby Animal Hospital in Toledo, OH, can help you diagnose and treat the problem.

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Heartworm & Flea Symptoms

Understanding which symptoms to watch out for is a big part of preventing or quickly treating heartworm and fleas. While the symptoms of these two problems vary quite a bit, both can be prevented with internal medicine.

If your pet has heartworm, you may notice some or all these symptoms:

  • Coughing
  • Lethargy
  • Lack of appetite
  • Unwillingness to exercise

If your pet has fleas, recognizing the symptoms will probably be a little bit easier. Common symptoms of a flea problem include:

  • Small dark spots moving in fur
  • Small black or white specks on pets or bedding
  • A pet that is constantly scratching or licking itself
  • Hair loss
  • Skin irritation and redness

In some cases, skin problems in dogs and cats can mimic the symptoms of fleas. If veterinary care for fleas has not solved the problem, your pet may have particularly dry skin or an allergy to something in their food.

Treatment Options

The good news about heartworm and fleas is that they are easily preventable and treatable. Preventative care is key when it comes to minimizing these problems. Flea and heartworm internal medicine can help prevent these parasites from bothering your pet. You can speak with a veterinary care expert to figure out the best type of heartworm and flea medicine for your pet.

If your dog gets fleas, the focus of the treatment should be on removing them from your home. In addition to giving your pet flea medicine, you also need to do some preventative care to keep the fleas from multiplying. This means thoroughly cleaning and vacuuming your home to get rid of fleas and their eggs.

As far as heartworm goes, internal medicine is the answer if preventative care does not work. There are several injections that can kill adult heartworms inside your pet. A veterinary care professional will also prescribe additional oral medication to reduce harsh side effects and a flea and heartworm pill to remove any juvenile heartworms.

Call Trilby Animal Hospital Today!

If you want your pet to stay happy and healthy, preventing heartworm and fleas is important. Fortunately, internal medicine makes that a fairly simple process. If you are looking for help preventing or treating fleas or heartworm, contact Trilby Animal Hospital of Toledo, OH, today.

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