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Heartworm and Flea Preventatives

Dog and cat laying underneath blanket
Dog and cat laying underneath blanket


In our area, we have many serious parasites that can wreck havoc on our pets.  While some of these parasites are definitely a nuisance and may cause various illnesses, others can be carriers of disease or even be fatal. The most common are:

  • Fleas (dermatitis, anemia, carriers of blood-borne pathogens, transmit tapeworms)

  • Heartworms (congestive heart failure, pulmonary embolisms, often fatal without treatment)

  • Ticks (dermatitis, transmit Lyme disease and other blood-borne pathogens, anemia, tick paralysis)

  • Intestinal parasites: hookworms, roundworms, whipworms and tapeworms (intestinal inflammation, chronic diarrhea, weight loss, stunted growth, anemia, and dehydration)

  • Earmites (ear infections and self trauma from scratching, aural hematoma)

  • Scabies (intense itching, dermatitis and secondary skin infections)

Our goal is to provide the most effective and safest parasite medications available.

Dogs and Fleas

A  prescription product named Nexgard has become our treatment of choice for fleas and ticks for dogs. Nexgard is a tasty beef chew that dogs love that starts killing fleas and ticks within 2 hours of ingestion and is effective for a full month. Unlike a topical, you don't need to worry about the medication being washed or rubbed off before it's absorbed and no messy residue on the fur! 

We recommend Effitix Plus for dogs if you are looking for a non prescription topical flea and tick preventative.  It is a waterproof, monthly topical medication that kills all stages of fleas, as well as ticks, mosquitoes, biting flies and lice.  It is an affordable way to prevent flea and tick infestations on your dog.

Cats and Fleas

For cats, we use a prescription product called REVOLUTION to prevent fleas, intestinal parasites, earmites, scabies and heartworms. This medication is a once a month topical that provides the most comprehensive protection for both indoor and outdoor cats. For more information, go to We recommend Feline Effipro Plus as our non prescription product for preventing fleas on cats. It is a waterproof, monthly topical medication that kills all stages of fleas, as well as ticks, mosquitos, and chewing lice.

Dogs and Heartworms

Beginning January 1, 2019 we will require a negative heartworm test within the preceding 12 months in order to dispense or authorize the dispensation of heartworm preventative for all dogs. 

Heartworm prevention has become more complicated due to the development of some heartworms that are resistant to the preventatives, and the now year-round prevalence of mosquitoes. As recommended by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Heartworm society, yearly testing is the only way to be sure your pet is not infected, even if he/she is on a preventative.

We recommend Sentinel Spectrum as the heartworm preventative of choice for dogs. It provides the most comprehensive parasite control on the market: preventing heartworms, hookworms, whipworms, roundworms, and also tapeworms each month. It also contains a medication that prevents fleas from laying eggs in order to help control flea infestations. Dogs love the beef & bacon chew!

TRIFEXIS is a convenient monthly heartworm preventative for dogs. It combines the trusted ingredient of Milbemycin and Spinosad to prevent heartworms, hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, and kill fleas all in a single convenient monthly tablet. Learn more at 

In addition, we are excited to launch ProHeart-6 injectable heartworm preventative starting June 1, 2018. Each injection protects your dog for 6 months from heartworms and hookworms: perfect for dogs who fight taking an oral preventative each month, as well as for clients who struggle to remember to give those monthly preventatives on time every month.