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The Confusing World of Pet Parasite Prevention

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Sleuth the Reporter Dog has read some studies showing that more than 1% of dogs tested this year will show positive for deadly heartworm diseaseÖthatís almost a million pets!  Why do we still see this disease when we have such great preventives that are safe and effective?

1)    As more generic heartworm preventives have become available and some trusted brand names have disappeared, pet owners may be wondering what product is best for their beloved pooch.

2)    With infection rates for heartworms and even intestinal parasites continuing to cause concern, some people are claiming that the preventives donít work or that parasites are now resistant.

3)    There are some minor concerns about lack of efficacy and even a rare resistant heartworm strain, but the reality is that most positive heartworm cases and intestinal parasite infections come from human forgetfulness or error.

4)    Itís important to test all of our canine friends for heartworms each year and ALL of our pets should be on heartworm preventive each and every month all year round.

5)    Some products that protect against heartworms also provide protection against intestinal parasites, like roundworm, hookworms, whipworms or even tapeworms.   Even flea control products can be included in your petís monthly pill!

6)    With all of the options, itís important for pet owners to find out which preventive provides the best protection at the right price.  Depending on a variety of factors, you may not need the product that controls ALL of the parasites, but rather a less expensive option.

7)    Your veterinarian can help you review your petís risk factors, such as visits to dog parks or out of state travel, to help you pick the best preventive.

8)    Donít spend a lot of time online on sites that are recommending odd-ball treatments or therapies for parasite control.  Odds are that they either donít work or they havenít been tested for safety.

9)    Sites like MyVNN.com can provide you with accurate and unbiased pet health information.