Heartworm and Flea Prevention

Heartworm Disease

Heartworms (Dirofilaria immitis) are contracted from the bite of a mosquito. Dogs are the natural host, but cats and even humans can be infected. Heartworms live in the pulmonary arteries and can cause significant heart disease. The most common clinical signs in dogs include coughing and exercise intolerance. Because of our warm Texas climate, heartworm prevention needs to be given year round. A heartworm test will be performed on your dog annually. Although innately resistant to heartworms, cats can contract the disease. Clinical signs in cats range from none to chronic vomiting, respiratory issues and death. Currently, there is not a reliable test for cats.

Fleas

Fleas cause serious discomfort and severe skin problems in animals. Also, tapeworms are an intestinal parasite contracted by ingestion of fleas. Fleas also carry a number of blood born parasites. Therefore, flea prevention is a must for caring pet owners.

Cats

Heartworm and Flea Preventions

There are many choices of prevention for fleas and heartworms. Your veterinarian will recommend which prevention protocol will be best for your pet.

Revolution- Heartworm & Flea Prevention
  • Monthly topical.
  • Available for kittens and cats 8 weeks or older.
  • Prevents heartworms
  • Prevents intestinal parasites: hookworms and roundworms.
  • Kills adult fleas and flea eggs.
  • Used to treat and prevent ear mite infections.
Heartgard- Heartworm Prevention
  • Monthly flavored chewable.
  • Available for 6 weeks or older and over 5 pounds.
  • Prevents heartworms.
  • Treats and prevents the intestinal parasite, hookworms.
Capstar- Instant Flea Killer
  • Oral tablet, works up to 24 -72 hours.
  • Available for pets over 4 weeks of age and over 2 pounds.
  • Starts working to kill adult fleas within 30 minutes.

Dogs

Heartworm and Flea Preventions

There are many choices of prevention for fleas and heartworms. Your veterinarian will recommend which prevention protocol will be best for your pet.

Sentinel Spectrum- Heartworm Prevention & Flea Production Inhibitor
  • Monthly roast beef flavored chewable tablet.
  • Available for puppies 4 weeks or older.
  • Prevents heartworms.
  • Prevents intestinal parasites: hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, and roundworms.
  • Prevents reproduction of fleas - flea "birth control.".
Trifexis- Heartworm Prevention & Flea Killer
  • Monthly beef flavored chewable tablet.
  • Available for puppies 8 weeks or older.
  • Prevents heartworms.
  • Prevents intestinal parasites: hookworms, whipworms, and roundworms.
  • Kills fleas
Heartgard- Heartworm Prevention
  • Monthly flavored chewable.
  • Available for 6 weeks or older.
  • Prevents heartworms.
  • Prevents hookworms and roundworms.
Vectra 3D
  • Monthly topical.
  • Available for puppies and dogs 7 weeks or older.
  • Quick onset of activity kills fleas within 2 hours & repels and kills parasites before they bite.
  • Kills adult fleas and prevents development of immature flea stages.
  • Repels and kills 4 species of ticks.
  • Repels and kills three species of mosquitoes.
  • Repels and kills sand flies, lice and mites!
  • Remains effective after bathing and swimming.
  • Please allow a 48 hour window around applying topical before or after a bath.

Capstar- Instant Flea Killer
  • Oral tablet, works up to 24 -72 hours.
  • Available for pets over 4 weeks of age and over 2 pounds.
  • Starts working to kill adult fleas within 30 minutes.