Heartworm, Flea, and Tick Prevention

Heartworm, Flea, and Tick Prevention

heartworm prevention

As a conscientious and dedicated pet owner, you will, of course, be committed to making sure that your precious furbaby is fully protected from the many different diseases that can potentially put their health at risk. While there are lots of different ones to consider, some can be vaccinated against on an annual or bi-annual basis, while others require monthly preventatives. Of these, there are three parasites that need to be at the top of your list to protect your pet from. These are heartworms, fleas, and ticks.


Heartworms: are an internal parasite that live inside your pet’s heart, lungs and associated blood vessels. Although transmitted by mosquitos, instances of heartworms have been reported in all states and so country-wide protection is recommended for all cats and dogs. Left untreated, heartworms are nearly always fatal.


Fleas: are probably the most well-known of all parasite problems. These wingless creatures can jump incredible heights and distances and can survive virtually anywhere, making it easy for your pet to contract them. They also reproduce rapidly and are very hard to get rid of. As well as draining your pet’s blood and irritating his skin, fleas can also carry diseases such as tapeworms.


Ticks: are another external parasite although they are more prevalent in some areas than others. Ticks attach themselves to your pet when he brushes past and will drink his blood for around 72 hours before dropping off. This makes them possible to spot. Unfortunately, ticks are well-known for carrying a range of debilitating diseases including Lyme Disease.


The good news is that there are a range of preventatives that can keep your pet safe from heartworms, fleas, ticks and more. It is important to note that heartworm medication can only be prescribed by a licensed veterinarian. Here at Snodgrass Veterinary Medical Center, we recommend Sentinel Spectrum products. We also offer a complimentary 1-month dose of Bravecto with each purchase of Sentinel Spectrum preventatives.


About Sentinel Spectrum

Sentinel Spectrum offers dog owners and pets the advantage of being able to protect against SIX different parasites in just one delicious, beef and bacon flavored chew. These include:


  • Fleas

  • Heartworms

  • Roundworms

  • Hookworms

  • Whipworms

  • Tapeworms


It is available to suit a range of different dog sizes making it easy to find one to suit your canine companion. These are as follows:


  • From 2 to 8lbs

  • From 8.1 to 25lbs

  • From 25.1 to 50lbs

  • From 50.1 to 100lbs


This means that as soon as your pup reaches 2lbs in weight it is possible to start protecting him against this plethora of diseases. Sentinel Spectrum is effective for one month. This means that it must be administered on the same date every month to ensure that your pet remains fully protected at all times.


About Bravecto

With every purchase of Sentinel Spectrum product from us, we will give your pet a month of free protection using Bravecto, which is our recommended flea and tick preventative. The Bravecto chew is recommended for puppies and dogs who are six months old or weigh at least 4.4lb. It is the only flea and tick preventative that is effective for 12 weeks* at a time. Better still, it kills ticks faster than many alternatives, with 100% of attached ticks being eliminated within just 12 hours.


*Bravecto kills black-legged ticks, American dog ticks and brown dog ticks for 12 weeks. It also kills lone star ticks for 8 weeks.


If you'd like to learn more about our veterinary services with our veterinarian in Bowling Green, Dr. Stan Snodgrass, call us today. We look forward to hearing from you!