Flea, Tick and Heartworm Control
An additional instant $10 gift card is available at our office when you purchase any parasite prevention product at the same time a fecal sample is submitted to test for intestinal parasites. Our goal is to increase awareness of intestinal parasites that can commonly infect dogs and cats with no obvious clinical signs such as diarrhea. Roundworms and Hookworms can survive in the soil year round, which is why we recommend year round Heartworm/Intestinal parasite protection. Products purchased at our office provide reimbursement for treatment should any pet become infected while on prevention medications such as Heartgard or Sentinel. (This coverage is not offered for on line purchases)
Please click on the PARASITES link below for the latest information about Ticks, Fleas, Heartworms and Intestinal parasites. The Pets and Parasites page is sponsored by the Companion Animal Parasite Council. We are seeing new species of ticks, and an increase in tick borne diseases.
If you find a tick on yourself, a family member, or your pet and want to have it analyzed, click on the TICK REPORT link below to access the testing lab at U Mass/Amherst. You can also access the "Tick Encounter" website at www.tickencounter.org for additional information about protective clothing and other protective measures for all family members.
2017 FLEA AND TICK PREVENTION RECOMMENDATIONS
We recommend all year round oral once a month tablets for dogs for flea and tick control. Nexgard, Simparica, and Bravecto are all isoxazoline insecticides. They block neurotransmitters in insects and ticks at extremely low levels, resulting in hyperexcitation and death. The effective level is too low to have an effect on mammals, which makes these products very safe. We also recommend Lyme Disease vaccinations for all dogs in our geographical area. Besides Lyme Disease, ticks in our area also carry Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Babesiosis. All of these diseases may also infect humans, so good tick prevention is essential to decrease the possibility of ticks being brought into the house.
For Information about Nexgard and how it works, click on the NEXGARD link below. We have coupons available for pricing below on line resellers, and all products purchased through us come with a manufacturer's guarantee. Please call us at 978-283-3238 with further questions. Nexgard may be given to dogs beginning at 8 weeks of age. Additional savings are available when purchased with Heartgard.
For information about Simparica, click on the SIMPARICA link below. Simparica is about 15% less expensive than Nexgard. The manufacturer will guarantee protection against Lyme Disease if administration is started at the time of a negative blood test. On their website there are printable coupons, which we also have at the office.
For information about Bravecto, click on the BRAVECTO link below. Bravecto is an isoxazoline insecticide that has been chemically altered to be metabolized more slowly, which is why it is given only every 3 months. For dogs, it is an oral tablet, for cats it is a topical application. There are great rebate coupons on their website as well as at our office.
To take advantage of our manufacturer's rebates and guarantees that help us to price these products below on line resellers, give us a call at 978-283-3238, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Orders may be mailed to you if you do not have time to drop in and sample our candy bowl at the front desk.