Blood Sucking Insects Can Cause Disease in Pets

Over the weekend, I spoke briefly with a technician at the Banfield Veterinary Clinic in Frederick, MD.  She told me that they are treating quite a few dogs with Lyme Disease in Frederick.  That did not surprise me.  She also told me that several of the dog owners are not willing to spend money to protect or treat their dogs.  The veterinarians recommend that everybody treat their yard to kill mosquitoes and ticks to protect their dogs.  A barrier spray that kills the mosquitoes and ticks would be a good solution.

She also confirmed that they are treating at least three dogs that have Heartworm.   According to her, Heartworm has three stages.  If they catch it in a dog in the first three phases they can treat it.  If the Heartworm is in stage four or five, it will be fatal for the dog.  She also told me that there is nothing a veterinarian can do to treat Heartworm in cats.  The best way to save your cat from Heartworm is to prevent it.  That emphasizes the need for mosquito control.

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