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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Formidable Foes: Best Practices For Protecting Pets From Parasites

Happy little dog smilingThe mere mention of bed bugs, head lice, or tapeworms can send any level-headed human into a paranoid frenzy. Likewise, fleas and ticks deserve a strong reaction – and your pet could be at risk this coming spring and summer.

These blood-sucking freeloaders are about to wake up from winter’s slumber, and neither fleas nor ticks discriminate on who provides the next meal. Wellesley-Natick Veterinary Hospital cares about protecting pets from parasites, and hope our preventative practices help you in the coming months.

Understanding Fleas

Fleas are wingless insects that jump from host to host. Of the nearly 3,000 different types of fleas found worldwide, the cat flea is the most common culprit among domestic dogs and cats. Continue…