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Fleas and Heartworms: Tips for This Summer

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May. 12, 2019

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Socializing is an important part of any dog’s routine. With summer upon us and longer, warmer days ahead, you and your dog will have endless opportunities to get outside and make new friends. There are some friends, however, you don’t want your dog to make: fleas and heartworms.


Fleas may be tiny, but they’re no small problem. A single adult female flea can lay up to 1200 offspring in one month and can lay up to 2000 eggs in her lifetime (up to 170 days).[2] These eggs are smooth, and they fall off your dog, landing all over your home. They eventually hatch and develop into adult fleas that then lay eggs of their own, and the cycle continues.

Part of being an effective pack leader is taking care of your dog’s physical health and doing all you can to help protect him or her against fleas. Help protect your pack by treating them every month with a flea treatment prescribed by your veterinarian.

Keep in mind that treatment won’t hinder your dog from enjoying all that summer has to offer. Most flea treatments are actually waterproof and remains effective even after swimming. It also helps protect dogs against ticks, and it’s approved for puppies as young as eight weeks old, which is important because fleas don’t discriminate against age.


Mosquitoes don’t discriminate either, which is why every dog is at risk of contracting heartworm disease – one of the most dangerous diseases a dog can contract. Unlike other worms, heartworms are spread by mosquitoes that carry heartworm larvae, which means that all dogs are at risk, especially in summer.

Heartworms stay in the body, so signs of an infection may be invisible to you. The only way to determine if your dog has heartworms is to take him or her to your vet for a heartworm test. Treatment can cost a thousand dollars or more, and it can take months of arsenic-based shots, close observation, and crating. Sadly, even after treatment, some dogs don’t survive.

1 MDI Data
2 Dryden, M.W., The cat flea: biology, ecology and control. Vet parasitology. 1994; 52:1-19.

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