Bugged Out: Parasites, Pets, and Parks

A puppy scratching itselfDog parks and other pet friendly outdoor locations are popular, especially during the spring and summer months. Who doesn’t love to roam through the blooms, enjoying the fresh air with a four-legged pal? However, while these gathering places can be great for exercise and socialization, they’re also popular among pests.

Parasites, pets, and parks seem to be a common but crummy combo, encouraging the spread of harmful diseases. Keep reading to learn more about how to keep your pet from falling host to these bothersome bugs.


Preventing Heartworm Disease in Cats

A cat walking on a fenceWhen it comes to heartworms, most pet owners think of the risk to their dog companions. While it’s true this disease is more prevalent in dogs, heartworm disease in cats does occur, and diagnoses are on the rise. In fact, cats with this illness are also in greater danger of experiencing life threatening reactions to these parasites.

The team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital want to keep all our feline friends safe by keeping pet owners informed of how to prevent this terrible disease.


Protect Your Pet From Mosquito Bites

mosquito silhouette on concrete textured surfaceFor most folks, summer is full of sunshine, laughter, and good times. For pet owners, it’s a maddening season of pests, pests, and more pests. While we advocate for year round parasite prevention, these hot, bug-filled months require special attention.

While it may be relatively easy to combat ticks and fleas, it can be more challenging to protect your pet from mosquito bites. However, with our tips and tricks, you can get back to enjoying the warm, sunny days that remain. Continue…