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Posted on 11-16-2016

Heartworm, Flea, Tick and Lyme Disease and Anaplasmosis Prevention in Sullivan County

The Animal Hospital of Sullivan County offers heartworm, flea and tick medications as part of a comprehensive pet preventative care package to keep your pet healthy and happy all year round. Fleas and ticks are blood-sucking parasites that can make your pet miserable by causing illness, giving your pet tapeworm and inflicting severe skin irritations. Pets with an allergy to flea bites will develop flea bite dermatitis, a skin disorder characterized by hot spots, bald patches and scabs. Unless a flea infestation is treated by your veterinarian, your pet could become anemic due to fleas sucking so much of their blood.

Heartworm Prevention

Transmitted by infected mosquitoes, heartworm is a parasitic disease that does not cause symptoms in its early stages. That's why it is important for owners to receive heartworm preventative medications from The Animal Hospital of Sullivan County as soon as possible. Yearly testing is a must to catch early infections.  

Ticks and Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by a certain species of ticks. This disease only produces symptoms in about 10 percent of dogs bitten by infected ticks. If the bacteria leads to infection, your dog's joints will become inflamed and swollen, he may lose his appetite, lack energy and appear depressed. Serious complications of Lyme disease include kidney damage, nervous system problems and sometimes heart damage.  Kidney disease is particularly problematic in dogs with undiagnosed Lyme disease. Dogs with Lyme disease-related kidney disease, may vomit, have diarrhea, lose weight rapidly and drink large amounts of water and can die from kidney failure.

A Lyme disease vaccine is available to prevent Lyme disease. Dog owners should schedule an appointment with the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County to get their dog vaccinated against Lyme disease.  Yearly testing for lyme disease and anaplasmosis (another common tick disease in
Sullivan County) is a must to catch infections early.  One in four dogs here get lyme disease.  One in 10 dogs here  get anaplasmosis.  The lyme vaccine is 95% effective if boostered on time every year.

At The Animal Hospital of Sullivan County, we provide a full line of heartworm, flea, tick and Lyme disease and Anaplasmoisis prevention products to address specific pet care needs. Flea and tick preventatives include once a month topicals, oral tablets and collars

Call The Animal Hospital of Sullivan County today at %CLIENT_PHONE%!

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