Fleas, Ticks & Heartworms

Critter Care offers Frontline Gold Flea & Tick prevention. The flea and/or tick does not have to bite animal to die. Reduces biting within 5 minutes of application. Repels fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, mites (except mange mites), biting and sand flies, and lice.

Flea Information:

  • Can lay eggs 6 hours after biting
  • Can jump up to 13"
  • Can transmit flea bite dermatitis, tapeworm disease, anemia, bartonella, bubonic plague

Fleas vs. Frontline:

  • Prevents future infestations
  • Triple action formula kills all stages of life
  • Kills fleas on contact. Fleas don't have to bite to die.

Tick Information:

  • Not normally born with disease. They feed on wild animals and pick up disease.
  • Can lay up to 3,000 eggs at a time.
  • Before laying eggs, a female tick consumes 600 times her body weight in blood.

Ticks vs. Vectra 3D:

  • Kills on contact. Gives ticks the "hot foot" reaction
  • Works for 30 days
  • Triple action formula kills more species of tick on contact

Heartworm Information:

  • Heartworm disease is blood borne disease spread by mosquitos
  • Heartworms live in the major blood vessels of an animal
  • They take up to 7 months to mature and can live up to 5 years inside an animal
  • An Animal must have at least 5 mature female heartworms for a heartworm test to detect them. Thus making year testing a necessity.

Heartworm Disease Clinical Signs:

  • soft dry cough
  • shortness of breath
  • weakness
  • nervousness
  • listlessness & loss of stamina
  • weight loss & poor condition
  • anemia

Heartworm Disease Diagnosis:

  • Blood Test for Adult Heartworms: only female heartworms will give off the antigen to be detected
  • Blood Test under a Microscope
  • Blood Chemistry: test liver and kidney function
  • Radiographs: Show swelling of large artery and hearts
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG): detect abnormal heart rhythms
  • Echocardiography: Ultrasonic view of heart

Heartworm Treatment:

  • Successful 95% of the time
  • Includes a series of shots
  • Animal must be kept quiet and have limited exercise for 4 weeks
  • Start on heartworm prevention after treatment is finished

Heartworm Prevention:

  • Annual Blood Screening
  • Heartworm Prevention Program (Iverhart Max)

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