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Mosquito Repellent – Keep Insects Off Your Dog Safely


Keeping Mosquitoes Away From Your Dog

With the outdoor activities you're partaking in and the recent talk of Zika and the ever-present West Nile Virus, you might be starting to think of ways to keep mosquitoes, flies, and other insects off of yourself and your dogs.

Dogs aren't (currently) known to get Zika, but they certainly can get West Nile and they (sadly) often get heartworms... all from mosquitoes! While there are plenty of products out there to help keep insects off of you, when it comes to your dogs, there are only a handful that are both safe and effective. And many of the mosquito and bug repellent products for people are just downright unsafe for your pets!

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Topics: Heartworm, Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes – Why Cats & Dogs Need Heartworm Protection


When mosquitoes thrive, so too does heartworm disease! Are your cats and dogs protected?

Did you know that mosquitoes thrive in the warm periods following rain and when there’s any standing water in your yard (birdbaths, pools, empty pots, etc.)? And did you know that a mosquito can develop from egg to adult mosquito in as little as 4 days!

While this is bad for people (West Nile virus, Zika disease, etc., not to mention the nuisance they pose), it’s also particularly bad for your cats and dogs because mosquitoes carry and spread heartworm disease! (And yes, you read that right… cats get and suffer from heartworm disease, too! And it’s even more difficult to treat in them than it is in dogs.)

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Topics: Heartworm, Parasites

Does Trifexis Kill Dogs?

A lot of people have emailed us asking this question recently, and the safety of Trifexis is certainly a very hot topic on social media right now (the topic even has dueling Facebook communities!). But is the viral nature of this topic a good thing? Or is it just fueling an unnecessary fire — creating distress and uncertainty for dog owners, and health and safety risks for dogs (and the people they live with)? Let’s dig a bit deeper. Read More

Topics: Dog Health, Dogs, Blog, Trifexis, Heartworm, Parasites, Heartworm Preventatives, Parasite Preventatives

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Please do not ask emergency or other specific medical questions about your pets in the blog comments. As an online informational resource, Preventive Vet is unable to and does not provide specific medical advice or counseling. A thorough physical exam, patient history, and an established veterinary-patient-client relationship is required to provide specific medical advice. If you are worried that your pet is having an emergency or if you have specific medical questions related to your pet’s current or chronic medical conditions, please contact or visit your veterinarian, an animal-specific poison control hotline, or your local emergency veterinary care center.

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