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FVH is a full service Small Companion Pet Hospital that was established in 1973. Dr. Firth, our Hospital Director & Senior Veterinarian has been the owner of the Hospital since 1973. Our team strives to ensure our clients are equipped with the knowledge and tools to take care of their companions. Our patients consist of dogs, cats, rabbits, gerbils, guinea pigs, rats, birds & pocket pets!
Heartworm and Tick season is upon us!
Don't let these fatal diseases worm their way into your pet's lives.
MESSAGE FROM DR. FIRTH
As spring approaches so does the warm weather and with that warm weather come a few different pest’s that can fatally affect your pet’s health. One of the major pest’s we become concerned about in the summer months are mosquitoes. They have the possibility of carrying a parasite that can be transmitted to your pet. Once your pet is infected, the worm will travel to the heart where it can cause fatal results. Heartworm is difficult to treat but very easily prevented, and there are many safe, simple ways to protect your pet from this parasite.
Ticks are also pest’s that are known to transmit disease. In Southern Ontario we are now more frequently seeing ticks visit Veterinary practices, travelling on your canine companion. The most common ticks found are the Deer tick and the Brown Dog Tick. Lyme disease is the most prevalent disease and is spread by the Deer Tick. It should be noted that there are a few other diseases that can be transmitted such as Anaplasmosis, Ehrichiosis, Bartonella and Babesia. These ticks are found in heavily wooded areas and areas that have long grass. The risk of your pet being exposed to ticks varies from region to region.
If you frequently take your dog camping or live in an area surrounded by forest then preventative measures are recommended for your pet. There are various options to prevent tick borne diseases. Tick control is vital and there are several topical and oral medications we can offer as a preventative. We also offer a vaccination against Lyme disease that is recommended if your pet visits high risk areas frequently.
The best preventative for ticks and tick borne diseases is to always inspect your dog’s coat, feel for hard bumps or ticks, check yourself as well, and make sure they are on the correct preventive medicine. If a tick is found, remove immediately (ensure that the head and body are removed fully) and contact our veterinary office. The best preventative care for heartworm is to annually test and to keep your pets on a great preventative. In the case that your pet is in a high risk area for ticks, annual testing for tick diseases and heartworm are recommended to keep your pet healthy and happy!
Dr. Peter Firth
London Veterinarian | Firth Veterinary Hospital | (519) 681-4377
4499 Wellington Rd S
London, ON N6E 2Z8