Wondering About Summer Pet Safety? Look No Further!

Summer pet safety is the cornerstone of summer fun with petsThe summer sort of plays tricks on us. During a time that we’re supposed to feel relaxed and happy, we spend an inordinate amount of time worrying about stuff. From traveling away from home to simply walking along the river, it’s imperative to know what’s at stake – especially when pets are involved. They tend to embrace the season with utter abandon! While we could learn a thing or two from them on that front, it’s up to us to protect them with these summer pet safety tips.

Bugs That Ruin a Good Time

Summer is prime bug time. Fleas and ticks can really push pet owners to their limits, and heartworm disease (spread by mosquitoes) is no joke, either.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could have peace of mind this summer that your pet wouldn’t get any parasites? There is! Maintaining your pet’s parasite prevention medication is the best way you can protect your pet from a flea infestation, a bite from a Lyme-carrying tick, or heartworm disease from a pesky mosquito. Continue…

Welcome to Flea and Tick Season in New England!

flea and tick seasonIt’s that time of year again! Delightfully warm breezes, new leaves on the trees, flowers popping up everywhere, and of course the annoying onslaught of tiny, itchy, disease-carrying creatures. Fleas and ticks begin their reign of terror in New England around April, and continue to go strong through about December, when their numbers die down (but don’t go away completely).

Your pet’s ongoing good health depends in part upon disease prevention, and protecting them during flea and tick season is a great place to start.

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Heart to Heart: The Importance of Heartworm Prevention

Heartworm PreventionMost of us are aware that mosquitoes can spread dangerous diseases to humans, but did you know they can also transmit a deadly illness to our pets called heartworm disease?

Heartworm disease is a severe and potentially fatal condition affecting a pet’s heart and lungs. It can be found in all 50 states and in Canada; infecting cats, dogs, and many other wild species. Over 30 species of mosquito are known to transmit the disease. With spring in the air, the team at Wellesley Natick Veterinary Hospital wants to review the importance of heartworm prevention.

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