PREVENTATIVE CARE

Newman Veterinary Center – Sanford is outfitted to perform all types of veterinary services, procedures, surgeries, diagnostics, vaccines and much more. Our animal hospital sells flea, tick and heartworm products. We offer a wide range of services and only our most popular are listed here.

Flea & Tick

Fleas & Ticks Spread Diseases

Fleas and ticks are bloodsucking parasites adept at inviting themselves into your home. Dogs and cats are the ideal hosts for these parasites. A female flea can lay up to 2,000 eggs in her lifetime. Many people overlook the serious health problems that fleas and ticks can transmit to pets and humans.

Fleas and ticks can cause several serious health problems. Ticks can transmit Lyme Disease, a serious condition that can infect people too. Fleas can cause Flea Allergy Dermatitis, a type of allergy that causes excessive itching, scabs, sores, and hair loss. Fleas can also carry Tape Worms, which can infect dogs, cats, and humans after ingesting just one flea.

How Can You Get Rid of Fleas & Ticks?

Protecting your pets from fleas and ticks has several proven strategies. Newman Vets offers a variety of the best flea and tick products. Our number one recommended products are Frontline Tritak and Frontline Plus, mostly because of their amazing guarantees. Merial offers a satisfaction guarantee when their products are purchased through a veterinarian. To summarize the guarantee, if Frontline Plus or Tritak does not clear up your flea infestation, Merial will send Terminix to your house to eliminate the problem for free! Some restrictions apply, for details; check out Merial’s official policy.

It is normal to keep seeing fleas for a few weeks after treatment, especially if your house or pet is badly infested. Flea prevention products typically do not kill fleas or ticks instantly on your pet or in your household. The fleas need to bite the treated pet before they die.

Helpful Hints to Get Rid of Fleas & Ticks

  • Administer a reputable flea and tick preventative to all of the pets in your household every 30 days
  • Quarantine infested pets – keep them away from non-infested pets until the problem is solved
  • Wash your pet’s bedding and favorite rugs regularly in hot, soapy water
  • Mow your lawn frequently
  • Vacuum regularly, especially anywhere dust collects, then dispose of the vacuum bag immediately
  • Treat your yard with flea and tick pest control
  • If possible, keep your pets out of long grass and bushes

Do Indoor Pets Need Flea & Tick Prevention?

Just because your indoor pet rarely leaves the confines of your home, does not mean they are safe from fleas or ticks. Indoor pets are great hosts for fleas and ticks, and it only takes one flea to trigger a full-blown infestation. Fleas and ticks can be passed on to your pet from your shoes, clothes, other pets, open doors, windows and small crevices.

We Know Fleas & Ticks

The veterinarians and technicians at Newman Veterinary Centers – Sanford will customize a flea and tick prevention plan for your lifestyle. All six Newman Vets animal hospitals sell a reputable selection of flea and tick control products, at great prices. We will even match any price that you find on 1-800-Pet Meds, guaranteed!

When Frontline Tritak and Frontline Plus are purchased through Newman Vets, they come with Merial’s renowned satisfaction guarantee. You can buy flea and tick prevention at any of our six animal hospitals in Volusia and Seminole Counties. Call us today or book an appointment online to get started.

Heartworms

What are Heartworms?

Heartworms are extremely dangerous parasitic worms that can easily infect dogs and cats. Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes. When an infected mosquito bites an animal, it transmits tiny heartworm larvae into their bloodstream. The larvae enter the new host and make their way under the skin. The larvae quickly grow into adult heartworms and invade the heart and lungs of the host. Heartworm disease is deadly if it is left untreated.

Florida has an ideal climate for mosquitoes and our pets are constantly at risk.  According to the CAPC, 1 in 85 American dogs tested positive for heartworm disease. 1 in 72 dogs tested positive in Florida, 1 in 68 tested positive in Seminole County and a staggering 1 in 63 dogs tested heartworm positive in Volusia County.

All pets are at risk of contracting heartworm disease. Due to the rampant mosquito population, heartworm prevention is particularly important in Florida and other southern states. Heartworm prevention should typically start around 6 to 8 weeks of age and be given to the pet monthly for the rest of their lives. Heartworm preventative medicine is safe, easy and inexpensive, especially when compared to treatment.

Our Two Most Recommended Heartworm Preventatives

  • Heartgard Plus (also controls hookworms and roundworms)
  • Trifexis (also controls fleas, hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms)

Preventing Heartworms

We offer a variety of preventatives for you to choose from, so you can find one that best suits you and your pet. All of our preventatives are extremely effective and will provide you with peace of mind. Merial’s Heartgard Plus is 100% guaranteed when purchased through your veterinarian.

Outdoor cats and dogs are not the only ones at risk of heartworm disease. Reportedly 30% of cats diagnosed with heartworm disease are considered indoor only cats by their pet parents. There is currently no approved treatment for heartworm disease in cats, so prevention is critical. During your pet’s next wellness exam, ask us to run a quick blood test to ensure that your pet is heartworm negative. Then we will provide you with the prescription medication of your choice. FDA regulations require a new heartworm test once per year.

Heartworm Disease Symptoms

  • Dysfunction of the lungs, heart, liver, and kidneys
  • Coughing
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Dyspnea (difficulty breathing)
  • Abnormal lung sounds
  • Syncope (temporary loss of consciousness due to lack of blood flow to the brain)
  • Abnormal heart sounds
  • Eventually death

Treating Heartworms

It is possible to cure a dog with heartworms, but there are not any known cures for heartworm positive cats. Treatment for dogs requires multiple injections of Immiticide into the back muscles. Immiticide is FDA approved and considered safe, but it is very expensive. Due to the nature of the treatment process, it can take months for an infected dog to recover. Treatment for heartworm disease requires hospitalization and long periods of inactivity. While there are many success stories, the procedure can cause a lot of stress on your dog.

Deworming

Intestinal Parasites

Did you know that most puppies and kittens have intestinal parasites? Intestinal parasites, including worms can be harmful to your pets. A regular de-worming schedule is vital for puppies and kittens to protect them from intestinal parasites. Puppies and kittens should be checked for intestinal parasites as early as 3 weeks of age. At which point they should start their regular de-worming schedule. Adult dogs and cats should be tested semi-annually and de-wormed as necessary.

Testing for Internal Parasites in Pets

Veterinarians at Newman Veterinary Centers – Sanford will test your pets for worms and other internal parasites by taking a small stool sample from your pet. Common parasites found in dogs, cats, puppies and kittens include:

  • Hookworms
  • Roundworms
  • Tapeworms
  • Whipworms
  • Giardia
  • Coccidia

Luckily these intestinal parasites can be safely treated with a veterinarian recommended de-worming protocol.

Helpful Hints to Protect Your Pet from Worms

  • Bi-annual fecal examinations
  • Use de-worming medication when needed
  • Flea control products aid in prevention of Tapeworms
  • Clean up your pet’s stool regularly
  • Keep your pet away from other pet’s feces
  • Stay away from stagnant, standing or brackish water
  • Avoid uncooked meat or anything that could contain fleas

Symptoms of Internal Parasites

Some symptoms of intestinal parasites include:

  • Vomiting
  • Coughing
  • Anal Irritation
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight Loss
  • Worms in their feces

Pets with worms may not show any symptoms. Fecal exams are a standard part of your pet’s wellness exam. To get your pet tested for worms, schedule an appointment at Newman Veterinary Centers – Sanford today.

Why Choose Newman Veterinary Centers – Sanford

All of our locations routinely run heartworm tests and sell heartworm preventatives, such as Heartgard Plus and Trifexis. It’s never been easier to buy flea, tick and heartworm prevention products. Due to multi-million-dollar advertising campaigns by online pet pharmacies, many people believe that the best prices on pet medicine are found online. This is simply not true. In fact, we’ll always price match 1-800-Pet Meds, guaranteed.

Also, Merial offers some amazing guarantees on their products, but they are only valid when the product is purchased through your veterinarian. Talk to a veterinarian today at any of our six animal hospitals or book an appointment

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