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Itchy Pets May Have Flea Allergy

Jul 20, 2015 / Dermatology / Parasites / Cats / Dogs

Many pets are allergic to the saliva of the adult flea Most pet owners know that dogs and cats should be treated regularly with medication to prevent an infestation of fleas, but they may not realize that even a pet receiving a flea preventive can be bitten by an adult flea and develop an allergic...

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The Trick to Perfect Tick Removal

Jun 23, 2015 / Disease / Parasites / Preventive Health / Dogs

Check pets for ticks after every walk If your pet brings home a tiny hitchhiker clinging to its fur after a romp in the woods this summer, don’t panic. Although ticks can transmit many different diseases to both humans and pets, including the much-feared Lyme disease, prompt and proper tick removal will significantly decrease the...

Fight Fleas at All Their Life Stages

Jul 14, 2014 / Parasites / Dogs

Dr. Paul recommends treating pets preventively for fleas year round. “You have to understand the flea life cycle if you want to rid your pet and household of these pesky external parasites,” says Dr. Allan Paul, a veterinary parasitologist at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana. “Appropriate treatment must take into...

Feline Heartworm Disease: Prevention Is Key

Jun 3, 2014 / Parasites / Preventive Health / Cats

Some cats never show clinical signs of heartworm disease. Most dog owners are aware that infected mosquitoes can transmit deadly heartworm disease to dogs, but fewer people know that the disease can affect cats as well. According to Dr. Allan Paul, a veterinary parasitologist at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana,...

Parasite Prevention: Preventing Canine Heartworm Disease

May 29, 2014 / Parasites / Preventive Health / Dogs

Dr. Paul recommends a monthly preventative that is available at your local veterinary clinic. Mosquito season is here. The bites of mosquitoes not only cause an itchy nuisance for people and pets, but they carry the potential to transmit serious diseases. Dr. Allan Paul, a veterinary parasitologist at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary...