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Fleas can lead to:

  • Serious discomfort

  • Anemia

  • Flea allergy dermatitis

  • Tapeworms

Fleas can live:

  • Under shrubs

  • In carpet

  • In wooden floors

  • Under decks

  • In fence lines

  • On urban wildlife

Adult fleas that you see on your pet are only 5% of the flea infestation in your home and enviornment. 50% of the flea population in your home is made up of the flea eggs, 35% flea larvae, and 10% flea pupae. Adult fleas can live more than 100 days, pupae can survive up to 174 days, and the larval stage usually lasts 5-11 days. Eggs can hatch within 1-10 days.

Each female flea on an untreated pet can lay over 40 eggs per day, meaning that by the time you see a flea, an infestation may already be established in your enviorment.


Flea infestations can take weeks to resolve and can be expensive to eliminate.


Carpet, bedding, and furniture provide ideal conditions for immature fleas to develop into adults.


You cannot keep your pet from picking up fleas, but you can make sure those fleas are killed quickly and before they reproduce by using monthly preventatives!


Ticks can transmit:

  • Lyme disease

  • Ehlichiosis

  • Tularemia

  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

  • Babesiosis

  • Anaplasmosis

In certain areas ticks can be a year-round threat. Even in urban areas, ticks can be brought into your yard by many tick hosts (feral cats, white-tailed deer, raccoons, wild turkeys, coyotes, or other wildlife).


To prevent your pets from picking up ticks and catching the diseases they carry, keep them on a monthly prevenative!

Tick Zones:

  • Tall grass

  • Trails

  • Leaf litter

  • Wooded areas

Most common tick species:

  • Lone star tick

  • Brown dog tick

  • American dog tick

  • Deer tick

External & Internal Parasites


All it takes is ONE mosquito to transmit heartworms to your beloved family member. Without the monthly administration of a heartworm preventative, your pet could get heartworm disease.

All dogs are at risk for heartworm diease no matter where they live! Once a dog is infected with heartworms, treatment can be expensive, difficult, and unsuccessful. Our clinic had 3 positive heartworm dogs in 2019.

Heartworms live in the heart and lungs of infected dogs. Untreated heartworm infections can be fatal.

Common Signs of Infection:

  • Early infections may show no symptoms!

  • Coughing

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Sluggishness

  • Reluctance to move or excersise

  • Tiredness after moderate exercise

  • Reduced appetite

  • Weight loss

If a dog is left untreated it can lead to:

  • Heart failure

  • Lung disease

  • Sudden death

Common Intestinal Parasites:

  • Roundworms

  • Tapeworms

  • Whipworms

  • Hookworms

  • Giardia

  • Coccidia