No doubt your pets love the warmer weather that comes with the season. Unfortunately, so do many parasites. As your pets spend more time outdoors, their risk of exposure is increased. To provide you with current topics relevant to your family’s loved ones and the South Texas area, we have compiled a list of resources that you may find helpful.

Fleas and ticks: These parasites are not only a nuisance to your pet, but they can carry diseases that are transmissible to humans! While they may not have completely disappeared in the Winter, they will become more of a problem as the weather heats up. We carry a variety of products to kill and control these pests. Click here for more information on these parasites provided by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Heartworms: Mosquitoes are another parasite that are ever-present in the area, making heartworm disease a concern all year. Both dogs and cats can become infected with heartworms. Though mosquitoes are a major problem here, be aware that cases of heartworms have been noted in all 50 states. Fortunately, this disease can be easily prevented. If your dog is not on heartworm prevention, please stop by or schedule a heartworm test and exam. We can then discuss which preventative is right for you. The American Heartworm Association provides information on heartworms in dogs and cats.

Parvovirus: This disease affects puppies and young dogs, and is easily prevented with routine vaccinations. “Parvo season” is traditionally thought of as Springtime, but continues through the summer months. Parvo infection causes vomiting and diarrhea, and is very serious. If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, seek medical attention for your pet as soon as possible. Please see this AVMA video for more information. Keep in mind that while this disease cannot be passed to humans or cats, it can be passed between dogs.