Now that the weather is getting warmer, you’ll probably be spending more time outside with your pets. This means they are more likely to become exposed to insects and parasites.

parasite prevention for petsEach year, many pets are diagnosed with diseases carried by insects and parasites. The cost of treatment can be expensive, and some diseases can lead to serious illnesses. Many of these parasites can even be transmitted to you and your family if your pet becomes infected.

Prevention is the best approach in protecting your pet, and family, against heartworms, parasites, and flea/tick infestations. Here’s what we recommend:

Seven is a nine-year-old Shepherd mix who is battling cancer. His owners noticed a quarter-sized mass on his chest about a year and a half ago. They brought him to our office and we took several samples to look under the microscope. The lump was fatty and benign and surgery was then declined.

dog named SevenSeven’s owners monitored the lump for growth very closely. In a very short time, the lump grew to the size of a cantaloupe and developed an ulcer. We performed surgery to remove the large mass and discovered it was a malignant tumor. With some specific medication and TLC, Seven’s owners are determined to keep him as healthy for as long as possible.

Seven is an integral part of their family, and the Hermitage Veterinary Hospital family as well. Learn more about our surgical services here.