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In our area, we have many serious parasites that can wreck havoc on our pets.  While some of these parasites are definitely a nuisance and may cause various illnesses, others can be carriers of disease or even be fatal.

The most common are:

  • Fleas (dermatitis, anemia, carriers of blood-borne pathogens, transmit tapeworms)
  • Heartworms (congestive heart failure, pulmonary embolisms, often fatal without treatment)
  • Ticks (dermatitis, transmit Lyme disease and other blood-borne pathogens, anemia, tick paralysis)
  • Hookworms, roundworms, whipworms and tapeworms (intestinal inflammation, chronic diarrhea, weight loss, stunted growth, anemia, and dehydration)
  • Earmites (ear infections and self trauma from scratching, aural hematoma)
  • Scabies (intense itching, dermatitis and secondary skin infections)

 At Pet Haven Veterinary Clinic, our goal is to provide the most effective and safest parasite medications available.

We recommend Effitix Plus for dogs if you are looking for a non prescription topical flea and tick preventative.  It is a waterproof, monthly topical medication that kills all stages of fleas, thus breaking the flea lifecycle.  It also kills and repels ticks, mosquitoes, biting flies and lice.  It is an affordable way to prevent flea and tick infestations on your dog.

A  prescription product named Nexgard has become our treatment of choice for fleas and ticks. Nexgard is a tasty beef chew that dogs love and is effective for a full month.  Unlike a topical, you don't need to worry about the medication being washed or rubbed off before it's absorbed and no messy residue on the fur!  Finally, an effective oral chew that is effective against fleas and ticks.  Dogs can't resist the flavor----flea and tick prevention has never been easier! You can learn more about this impressive medication at www.nexgardfordogs.com.

Please remember to  heartworm test your dogs EVERY YEAR and keep them on heartworm preventative each month. We see cases of  heartworms nearly every week, year around.   Heartworm prevention has become more complicated due to the development of some heartworms that are resistant to the preventatives. Yearly testing is the only way to be sure your pet is not infected, even if he/she is on a preventative. This devastating disease can infest both cats and dogs. It is expensive to treat, but very inexpensive to prevent and can be fatal.

We recommend Sentinel Spectrum as the heartworm preventative of choice for dogs. It provides the most comprehensive parasite control on the market.  Sentinel spectrum is a tasty bacon flavored chew and is 100% guaranteed to prevent heartworms and also four common intestinal parasites in our area:  hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms, and whipworms. It also contains a medication that prevents fleas from laying eggs in order to help control flea infestations. Significant rebates are usually available on Sentinel Spectrum. Learn more at www.sentinelpet.com .

The combination of Nexgard and Sentinel Spectrum is the easiest way to be sure your dogs are thoroughly protected, inside and out against pesky parasites, while giving them medication that they will gladly eat right out of your hand.

TRIFEXIS is also available for dogs.  It prevents heartworms, hookworms, roundworms and whipworms.  It also contains a flea medication that kills fleas, all in a single convenient monthly tablet.  Learn more at www.trifexis.com  .

For cats, we use a prescription product called REVOLUTION to prevent heartworms. This medication is a once a month topical that prevents and controls flea infestations. But, Revolution also prevents EARMITES, SCABIES, HOOKWORM, ROUNDWORM, and deadly HEARTWORM infestations in cats. This medication is highly recommended for cats that venture outdoors. For more information, go to www.revolutionpet.com.