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How do Ticks Get on Pets?

The tick population in the U.S. has exploded in recent years, causing a drastic increase in cases of Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and other tick-borne illnesses among people and pets. Sometimes, it seems, that despite our best efforts to keep our pets close, we still wind up pulling ticks off them every spring,…

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Tick Awareness: Preventing Lyme Disease in Pets

Lyme disease has been in the news in recent years, and for good reason. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Lyme disease is the most commonly transmitted vector-borne illness in the United States. The disease affects both humans and animals, and if left untreated, can result in a multitude of…

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Bug Off! Why Pets Need Year-Round Heartworm Prevention

For many of us, mosquitoes are only troublesome in the spring and summer…right? Well, scratch that (pun intended)! The risks associated with mosquitoes and other parasites are present 365 days a year, making year-round heartworm prevention essential. The Perils of Pesky Mosquitoes Sure, mosquitoes are annoying, but they also transmit heartworm disease, which can be…

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The Buzz on Pet Parasite Prevention

Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other pests are an unavoidable part of life in a coastal climate. With our mild Texas winters and the early arrival of spring, parasite prevention should be on the mind of every pet parent. The Trouble With Parasites After getting bitten by a mosquito or an unwelcome tick, it’s easy to…

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Be Wary of Scary Bugs: Preventing Pet Parasites All Year ‘Round

It’s not the kind of thing that inspires warm, fuzzy thoughts in pet owners, but preventing pet parasites is one of our major concerns. With the hottest days of the year on the rise, parasites like fleas, ticks, and heartworms are just waiting in the wings, ready for the next blood meal. If it makes…

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Expanding Flea Prevention Choices for Dogs

The flea prevention options available today are more plentiful than ever before. It seems like every time you blink there is a new option on the market, each more impressive than the last. At Schertz Animal Hospital, we take flea prevention very seriously. Fleas carry disease, cause serious skin problems, and can create an infestation…

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Parasite Prevention for Pets: Heartworms, Fleas, and Ticks

With the arrival of spring, the threat of heartworm-carrying mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks is on the rise. These parasites are not only uncomfortable for your pet, but can cause very serious health problems that, if left untreated, can ultimately result in the death of your pet. The good news is that most common parasites, including…

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