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Mythbusters: 4 Things You Only Thought You Knew About Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks have been around for centuries, serving as a source of discomfort and disease. While experts have learned a lot about these pests — including how to manage them in modern times — some common myths and misconceptions about fleas and ticks still exist in the minds of many pet owners, and they can make your parasite problem worse. Myth: If you can’t see ‘em, they’re gone Over the past few decades, new generations of chemicals and drugs have become extremely effective at controlling fleas and ticks. Many vet-approved internally or topically administered products (as well as collars) that impair reproduction, inhibit maturation and/or repel and kill these parasites do work. They m

Facts to Know About Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition that can affect dogs and cats. It's caused by parasitic worms that can live in the heart, lungs and related blood vessels, and it's spread by the bite of infected mosquitoes. However, the disease is generally preventable and there are measures you can take to help protect your pet from these dangerous parasites. Signs of Infection So, how do you know when your dog or cat has heartworms? Many pets don't show signs of heartworm infection, which is one reason why heartworm testing is so important. However, depending on the number of worms and the duration and severity of the infection, your pet may exhibit signs of illnes

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