All Creatures Animal Hospital
"Crusaders for the Human-Animal Bond"
The state of Georgia and its surrounding southeastern states have a climate that causes heartworms, fleas, and ticks to be prevalent year-round. These bugs and parasites can survive in humid climates above freezing temperatures. You can purchase medications that solely treat one issue at a time or you can choose combo medications.
Heartworms are transmitted through mosquitos. It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to transfer the larvae into your pet’s blood and heart. It takes 6 months for the larvae to be visible in a heartworm test. Once your pet is infected, it is very time consuming and costly to treat your pet and rid it of heartworms. The best solution is to provide your pet with a heartworm preventative on a monthly basis year-round. There are topical medicines that are put on the skin, oral pills, and an injectible option. All Creatures offers the injection heartworm medication known as ProHeart 6, which is a 6-month preventative that we administer at the yearly and semi-annual exams. Other options include the following: Revolution, Bravecto, blah blah blah (all to link to zoetis or whatever company makes each for more info).
Ticks are dangerous for you and your pet, since they are carriers of a variety of illnesses, including lyme disease (link to information on lyme disease). Lyme disease is very difficult to diagnose as well as treat and is incurable once contracted. There are five species of ticks in Georgia. We recommend Simparica (oral medication) or the Ceresto Collar (collar) to prevent ticks, as they are the only medical preventatives that prevent all five tick species.
Fleas are a nuisance that can be very difficult to remove from your home once they infest your pet and your property. There are many options of flea medications out there. Some only work to prevent fleas, while others are combo medications with other preventatives. We highly recommend Simparica, since it treats fleas as well as all the tick species in Georgia.
Combination Medications that prevent and treat two or more issues:
Heartworm Medication Recommendations
Fleas & Ticks Recommendations