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True or False: Indoor-only cats don’t need parasite prevention

FALSE.

Even cats that stay indoors their entire lives are at risk for parasitic infections. Why?

Because mosquitos, which transmit heartworm disease, often sneak into our homes.

Because fleas, which transmit tapeworms, often reside in our homes.

Because flies, which transmit roundworms, often buzz around inside our homes.

And if your cat is anything like mine, it loves to chase, catch, and eat bugs!

These are just some of the reasons your cat’s feces should be checked by the veterinarian, one or more times a year, for parasites.

It’s also why Dr. Donald Miele, a Norfolk veterinarian at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, recommends Revolution for indoor and outdoor cats. Revolution protects your cat against fleas, heartworms, roundworms, (and ear mites!)

Double-click the graphic below to learn more about cats and parasites — then Contact Us about protecting your indoor cat from heartworms, tapeworms, and roundworms.

Infographic on cats and parasites

Double-click to enlarge.

 

Originally published on April 16, 2015.

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Heartworm Disease is closer than you think
— so be sure your pet is receiving a monthly heartworm preventative.

Cases of heartworm disease are tracked nationally and reported on by several organizations. One such group, the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC), has discovered that three cities in Virginia are among the Top Ten cities in the U.S. to have experienced an increase in the number of positive heartworm cases in the past 30-45 days.

Alexandria, VA ranked #1 overall, for the highest percentage increase of positive tests in June. If that doesn’t feel close enough for pet owners in Hampton Roads, consider this: Newport News, VA was #3 and Hampton, VA was #4 on the national list!

Here is the complete Top Ten ranking:

1) Alexandria, Va.

2) Corona, Calif.

3) Newport News, Va.

4) Hampton, Va.

5) Paterson, N.J.

6) San Bernardino, Calif.

7) Fargo, N.D.

8) Springfield, Mass.

9) Laredo, Tex.

10) Topeka, Kans.

Heartworms in canine heart

Heartworm Disease is close to home in Hampton Roads, so be sure your pet is receiving a monthly heartworm preventative to protect against this deadly parasite.

Contact Us at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic for an appointment to get your pet protected today.

Link to CAPC report: https://www.petsandparasites.org/about-capc/top-ten-cities-reports/

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When the air warms up, dogs and their people head to the dog park for exercise and socializing. Let’s keep it fun for everyone!

Here are seven steps you can take to help your pet have a safe, happy season at the dog park:

  1. Keep your dog current on its vaccinations. Bacterial and viral diseases can be spread through direct contact with other dogs; through contact with contaminated objects; and through contact with other dogs’ feces.
  2. Protect your pet against fleas, ticks, and heartworms with easy-to-give monthly preventatives. Just because another dog brings fleas to the park, that doesn’t mean your dog has to bring them home!
  3. Get your pet’s stool tested for intestinal parasites several extra times a year. Monthly preventatives protect against many kinds of intestinal parasites, but no single product provides complete protection against everything out there.
  4. Know how to recognize signs of aggression — whether in your dog or another — and be sure to remove your pet before things get dangerous. Check out these body language cues that warn of impending trouble: https://littlecreekvet.com/2014/05/20/dog-bite-prevention-2014/
  5. Train your pet to respond to your commands, such as Come, Sit, Stay, and Leave It. Knowing these basic commands can help your pet get out of a danger zone when you call him.
  6. Check the posted dog park rules. Some parks segregate dogs by size or have other rules. These rules are for the safety of all dogs using the park — including your own.
  7. If your dog is fearful and does not wish to socialize, don’t force it. She may be happiest just hanging out with you — and that’s perfectly fine!

BONUS — Learn more about dog park safety on Little Creek Veterinary Clinic’s blog: https://littlecreekvet.com/2016/06/28/dog-park-mishaps/

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April is Heartworm Awareness Month, so at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, we’re making sure you have the information you need to keep your pet protected year-round.

Here are the Top Six Heartworm Tall Tails — read the myths, then click the infographic to get the facts.

Myth #1: Dogs catch heartworms from other dogs.

Myth #2: Heartworms are only transmitted in the summer.

Myth #3: Cats don’t get heartworm disease.

Myth #4: My indoor cat doesn’t need heartworm prevention.

Myth #5: My dog is on heartworm preventive, so he doesn’t need to be tested.

Myth #6: Heartworm prevention isn’t worth it.

Now, double-click the image to learn the truth!

Brought to you by PennVet and the American Heartworm Society.

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Reminder: If your pet is not on a heartworm preventative, it could end up with juvenile heartworms swimming through its bloodstream and traveling to the lungs and heart.

At Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, we filmed these two young heartworms in a patient’s blood sample (seen under magnification):

Click for fullscreen view

Dogs and cats can be protected from heartworm disease with a monthly dose of prescription heartworm preventative.

Heartworm disease is spread by mosquitoes and is a year-round problem — think of the occasional warm days we experience each winter, which is enough to send hungry mosquitoes searching for a meal.

Contact Us to learn how to get your pet protected today.

The alternative to prevention just isn’t pretty. Here’s proof:

[Warning: Sensitive content ahead]

 

 

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Are you wondering whether it’s okay to pause your pet’s intestinal worm protection during the chilly winter months?

Don’t do it! Worms can be found in the cozy, warm intestines of dogs and cats, even during the winter, and their eggs can be deposited into soil where your pet might pick them up. Fleas and houseflies are also carriers of intestinal parasites, like Tapeworms and Roundworms, respectively.

Dr. Miele, a Norfolk veterinarian at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, discovered eggs of Tapeworms, Roundworms, Hookworms, and Whipworms in the stool samples of numerous patients over the past month. Take a look at what we’re finding in cats and dogs this winter:

Click any photo to enlarge for detail.
All photos taken at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic
(Norfolk, VA) under microscope.




If your pet has been off its heartworm / intestinal worm protection this winter, Contact Us to request a parasite screening as the first step to getting your pet protected again.

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Attention Users of Feline Revolution: The free dose program has ended and has been replaced with a new purchase rewards program.

For every 3 doses purchased, you can earn points which convert to dollars, which are loaded onto a prepaid VISA card, once you’ve reached a minimum of 100 points (= $10). See program FAQs here.

Buy 6 doses, earn $15

Buy 9 doses, earn $25 

Buy 12 doses, earn $35

Registration is FREE. Sign up here:  https://www.zoetispetcare.com/rewards/offers/revolution

 

Why Revolution? We asked Dr. Donald Miele, a Norfolk veterinarian at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic:

Revolution is safe to use on cats and is especially recommended for those that venture outdoors. Your “outdoor” cat is exposed to more natural pests than a cat that stays inside.

But remember: certain pests, like mosquitoes and fleas, can easily migrate indoors, exposing your “indoor” cats to heartworms and tapeworms. And certain pests, like houseflies and cockroaches, can carry roundworms, exposing any pet that likes to eat bugs.

Also, cats that go outside can bring ear mites and intestinal worms indoors and share them with the homebodies.

Revolution protects your indoor and outdoor cats against:

Revolution is available to your 5-15 lb cat by prescription only. To schedule an appointment, Contact Us today.

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