It's Springtime and time for Protection!

Heartworm Prevention

Heartgard Plus

Benefits:   Protects your dog from potentially deadly heartworm disease. Treats and controls roundworms and hookworms which can cause disease in both pets and humans. Dogs must be 6 weeks or older to administer Heartgard Plus.


Required:   A blood test to check for heartworm disease is necessary before starting Heartgard Plus and may be necessary annually if Heartgard Plus is not given consistantly on a monthly basis.


How does it work?:   The combination of worming medication in Heartgard Plus prevents heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) in dogs, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. It also controls and treats certain intestinal parasites such as hookworms (Ancylostoma caninum, A. brasiliense, and Uncinaria stenocephala) and roundworms (ascarids - Toxocara canis, Toxascaris leonina). 


Heartgard Plus is a beef flavored chewable treat and is prescribed by your veterinarian according to the weight of your animal.



Rattlesnake Vaccines

Rattlesnakes are found in wetlands, deserts and forests, from sea level to mountain elevations.  Rattlesnakes are most active in warmer seasons, from spring to autumn.  In southern latitudes they are occasionally found year-round.


Rattlesnake bite results in serious injury or even death to thousands of dogs each year.The venom is a complex mixture of toxins that spread through a dog's body following the bite.  This vaccine will put you and your dog at ease.


Remember while traveling, hiking, camping or hunting in places where rattlesnakes are found, this vaccine will protect your companion and friend.


We recommend administering the vaccine in the spring or early summer.  Please give us a call to schedule.

Flea and Tick Control

 

With warmer weather comes more than just fresh green grass and blooming trees. Fleas and ticks are indeed present.  Not only do they cause skin irritation to your pet when they bite them but they also carry disease. As veterinarians, we take this into account with each pet we see and make recommendations for treatment and preventatives accordingly.

Fleas are very irritating little creatures that can cause discomfort to your dog or cat and can carry tapeworms and the bacteria that causes plague. We are lucky in that we live in a part of Colorado where plague is not a large concern, however tapeworms are very common around here.

Lucky for you and your pets, fleas are very easy to prevent and kill.


 

Ticks are nasty little bugs that are seen quite frequently in our county and are especially present in the tall grass and in the woods — both of which are favorite recreation spots in the summer time for you and your pets.

Ticks crawl onto your pet and attach themselves, all the while feeding directly from their bloodstream. Once a tick is attached to your pet, they can transmit disease directly into their bloodstream. Ticks carry several different types of diseases. 


These nasty little pests are easily controlled on your pets with the use of Nexgard for dogs and Frontline for dogs or cats.  Nexgard is a chewable treat given the same day each month.  Frontline is a topical liquid placed on the back between the shoulder blades monthly.  Both Nexgard and Frontline come in a 3 month package and are very effective.