The Veterinarians at Cedar Creek recommend year round heartworm prevention to make sure your pet is protected at all times. Puppies are recommended to be started on prevention as early as 8 weeks of age. We offer a variety of products at Cedar Creek that help protect your pet against many different types of parasites. Please call for information regarding the products we carry.
Heartworm/Lyme/Ehrlichia/Anaplasmosis testing: Annual heartworm test are required prior to starting preventative medication to ensure your dog is free of the disease. Puppies can be started on prevention as early as 8 weeks of age and are tested for heartworm starting at 9 months of age. At Cedar Creek we have the 4Dx plus snap test that not only tests for heartworm disease but also tests for 3 types of tick borne diseases including Lyme, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasmosis. We want to ensure that your canine companions are getting the quality care they deserve.
Heartworm is a potentially fatal disease that is transmitted by the bite of just one infected mosquito. Adult heartworms damage your dog’s heart and lungs and can kill your pet.
Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria transmitted by the bite of an infected deer tick or Western black-legged tick. The disease can cause acute arthritis, lameness, and
kidney damage. Lyme disease is found in almost every state in the United States.
Ehrlichia is a bacteria spread by the brown dog tick or lone star tick. It can result in joint pain and lameness and may affect production of blood cells.
Anaplasmosis is a bacteria caused by the deer tick, western black-legged tick, and brown dog tick. It can lead to lameness and/or bleeding disorders.
Ticks: Ticks can be found in all 50 states in the U.S and carry many different types of diseases that can affect your dog. Most tick-borne diseases show very few symptoms if any. Your dog could be at risk since just one bite from a disease infected tick can infect your dog. Many preventatives can can help keep your dog free from tick-borne disease.
Fleas: Fleas can transmit other parasites, such as tapeworm, cause severe skin irritation, itching, hair loss, flea allergy dermatitis, and anemia in severe cases. Cedar Creek recommends year round flea prevention . If your pet has fleas, it is important to treat the environment as well as the pet.
Deworming and fecal exams for intestinal parasites: A yearly fecal examination is necessary for the detection of intestinal parasites. Intestinal parasites can cause diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration, discomfort/pain, and anemia to your pet. Not all parasites are visual without the aid of a microscope. If your pet is positive for intestinal parasites deworming can be performed for the specific parasite. Certain parasites can be transmitted to people, especially children and immunocompromised individuals.