Parasite Prevention and Control
Mobile Animal Health Care is committed to your pet and believes that heartworm prevention begins with starting your pet off with a good preventative healthcare program. Your pet's health depends on you and us, and they are at risk for different infectious diseases throughout their lives. Heartworm is 100% preventable with just giving your pet an easy treatment once a month. We carry Iverheart Max for your dog.
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Safe Pets, Safe Clients:
Flea control is a major component in your pet's healthcare. When it comes to flea and ticks, there is no compromise. That's why at Mobile Animal Health Care we have done a lot of research and decided to carry only the products that would help in the prevention of flea and tick control. We stock Vectra 3D and have a strong relationship with the company to make sure that our clients and pets are protected.
There are many look-a-likes out there in the market, and we would like you to check with us as your primary healthcare providers before purchasing any other products for your pet. We also have some great values that are not offered on the Internet.
Fleas and Ticks:
Fleas are wingless, bloodsucking insects that may cause excessive grooming, hair loss, anemia and tapeworm infection in your pet.
Did you know?
Flea infestations are the most common parasite problem of dogs and cats in our area.
The life cycle for a flea can be up to 180 days.
Only 5 percent of a home's flea population is the what you see
Only 10 percent of the flea life cycle occurs on the pet, the other 90 percent occurs off the animal and is found within the house and lawn.
With more than 2,000 different species of fleas, it's not hard to understand how these common insects can affect the life style of not only our pets, but that of our family.
Since most fleas are very hard to detect and in some coats of hair may be very hard to see the best ways to test your pet is to:
Look for black specks on your pet or in your pet's bed known as "flea dirt"
Use a flea comb (which you can purchase from us, or bring your pet in for a complimentary flea check). These combs go through the pet's hair and reach the skin through the coat. If black specks are on the comb, then the chance of your pet having fleas is very high.If infested with fleas, your pet may become very nervous, annoyed and short tempered due to being very uncomfortable. We carry many products that can help you keep your pets flea free without any hassle. It is also important to frequently vacuum the areas your pet is around, wash your pet's bedding regularly, and treat your lawn.
Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD):
This is the most common veterinary dermatological condition in the world. It begins with the bite of a flea. When a flea bites your dog or cat, it deposits a small amount of saliva in the skin. Some pets will get a severe reaction, which causes excessive scratching or biting around the tail, groin or backside. Scabs or bumps may also appear on your pet's neck or back.
Dogs or cats may become infected with tapeworms by digesting an infected flea. Pets may experience intense itching. Many of the tapeworm segments may be seen around the anal area.
The most common tapeworm of dogs and cats in the United States is called Dipylidium Caninum (DIE-pih-LID-ee-um K-nine-um). Infection is common and found throughout the world. Most pets get tapeworm by swallowing a flea infected with tapeworm larvae. Tapeworms can be passed to humans if undetected and, in most reported cases, involve children. The most effective way to prevent infections in pets and humans is through flea control.
For more information on associated diseases connected to fleas:
Flea Life cycle:
Fleas and butterflies have the same life cycle: Adult, Egg, Caterpillar, and Cocoon.
The adult flea emerges from the cocoon full-sized and ready to go. After finding a home on your pet, the female flea will take two or three blood meals a day and soon begin laying eggs, about 150 to 300 eggs per week. Once the eggs are ready to hatch, baby fleas use their tiny egg tooth to cut their way out of the eggshell. When fully grown, the flea caterpillar makes a little cocoon where it is protected.
EGG STAGE: A female lays about 2,000 eggs in her lifetime. The eggs are not sticky and they quickly fall off your pet and into areas of your home. In 2-10 days, the eggs hatch.
LARVAL STAGE: After hatching, the larvae heads towards dark places around your home and feeds on "flea dirt"--flea feces containing partially digested blood from your pet. The larvae grow, molt twice, then spin cocoons, where they grow to pupae.
PUPA STAGE: Immature fleas spend approximately 8-9 days in their cocoon. During this time, they continue to grow to adulthood, waiting for the signals that it is time to emerge.
ADULT STAGE: Full-grown adults detect heat, vibrations and exhaled carbon dioxide from inside instinct that tells them a host is nearby. The adults leave their cocoons, hop into a host, and the life cycle starts all over again.
THE ENTIRE LIFE CYCLE CAN BE AS SHORT AS 2-4 WEEKS
Ticks are a problem virtually everywhere in the United States. They are not only annoying pests, but also they are capable of transmitting diseases to your dog or to your family. To help protect you and your pet, we offer Vectra 3D, a product that will not only help with flea control but also protect your pet form tick-related illnesses like Lyme disease.
We urge you to contact us immediately if you have any reason to believe your pet has been bitten or infected by a tick. If you remove any ticks from your pet, save them in a bottle and let us examine them in order to determine what type of ticks they are. Always remember to remove ticks with tweezers, never with your hands.
Remember to check your pet thoroughly every day for ticks.