Heart worm, Flea & Tick Prevention in Dogs

I want Messy Lemons to be so many things, but in my attempts to be all of those things... it didn't become any of them. 

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And so I'm not going to put too much pressure on it. I need to just start and go for it and... see what happens.

And with that, I'm going to talk to you guys about heart worm, flea & tick prevention in dogs. 

Do you know what heart worm is?

It's gross, awful for your dog should they contract it, and very expensive to treat. Heart worm is extremely easy to prevent though, if you take the proper steps.

Backing up though... heart worm gets transferred to your dog through infected mosquitos. Your dog gets bitten, and the larvae are transferred into your dogs bloodstream. The larvae eventually make it too your dogs heart, where they take about 7 months to mature into, well, worms. Yup. Heart worms are exactly that, worms that live in your dogs heart. They fill up the vessels, growing up to 12 inches in length, eventually causing heart failure. 

Flea & tick prevention medications are different from your heart worm prevention. Fleas are easier to treat, but really really unfortunate if you've gotten them into your house, or other pets. Ticks could potentially mean lyme disease, which is no fun for anybody.

Fleas come from an infected animal roaming the neighbourhood and the female laying eggs, which hatch and end up on your pet. Ticks basically lay in wait on the tips of tall grass for something to feed on to brush up against them so they can lock on and start to feed. 

So how do we prevent fleas, ticks & heart worm in our pets?

There are a few options, and they are not very expensive. There are chews, injections, and topical treatments, and what you choose really depends on your dogs lifestyle. We have chosen monthly chews, because Molly is allowed on the furniture at her leisure and she sleeps in our bed, and the topical treatments can leave your dog feeling a bit greasy for short time. When you should treat your dog for heart worm & flea prevention depends on where you live. For us in Southern Ontario, vets recommend preventative medication from June to November.   

Make sure you see your vet for more information on flea, tick & heart work prevention.