• Parasite prevention protects pets and people
      Practicing year-round preventative care against fleas, ticks and other parasites can spare your family and your pooch from the risk of infestation.
      Parasite prevention protects pets and people
      November 01, 2011

      This fall has been one of the worst flea and tick seasons in recent memory, as the humid and rainy weather has caused them to hang around a bit longer. But even with the winter chill on the horizon, this is not a time to stop your due diligence in preventing flea infestations and the presence of other parasites. There are a number of troublesome and potentially life-threatening infections and other ailments that can pose significant danger to your pooch if the proper preventative steps aren't taken.

      Heartworm is one of the primary worries of pet owners during any season, and it can be one of the hardest ailments to detect and treat. These parasites are carried by mosquitoes which implant the worm eggs into their bloodstream where they can grow in the arteries of the lungs and then mature into adults. A dog may develop coughing or wheezing when the worms reach maturity, and taking him to the vet is the best course of action.

      Lesser worms, such as hookworm and roundworm, are not life-threatening, but can pose a significant risk to your family and your dog's overall well-being. A dog can be exposed to these worms year-round, so if they are spotted around your home or in your canine's feces, using a worm removal treatment is the ideal choice. Hartz UltraGuard Plus Rid Worm comes in both a liquid form or a chewable tablet to remove large roundworms and hookworms. This treatment can be used monthly and can help to safeguard your pooch from the discomfort that arises from a worm infestation.

      Fleas are also a continued concern in the late fall and into the early winter, but these pesky critters can be treated quite easily with topical products. Hartz UltraGuard Pro Flea and Tick Drops can kill fleas, ticks and mosquitoes for up to 30 days after application. These topical drops are placed at the skin level down the dog's back for an easy way to keep your pooch free of fleas every month.

      Parasites are a huge problem for dog owners, but luckily many of the preventative measures are low-cost investments that can pay huge dividends. Keeping your family and your furry friend safe from the risk of parasites is a year-round job, but one that can be accomplished with a bit of hard work and discipline.