Preventing Heartworms, Fleas, & Ticks in McMurray, PA

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Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic in McMurray offers comprehensive care and treatment options for dogs, cats, and small mammals affected by heartworms, fleas, and ticks. If your pet is suffering from these parasites, our expert team is ready to help!

Contact us today for an appointment or to learn more about protecting your pet.

Identifying Fleas & Ticks on Your Pet

These tiny insects are fast and can look like small black sesame seeds with legs. You may also notice flea waste, which appears as specks of pepper, in your pet's fur.

Before feeding, ticks can resemble small spiders. After feeding, they swell up and may look like a brown kernel of corn attached to your pet's coat.

Steps to Prevent Flea & Tick Infestations

Regular checks are essential. Use a flea comb on your pet's fur regularly, especially after they have been outdoors. To minimize the risk of infestation:

  • Maintain your yard, keeping grass short to deter insects.
  • Consider professional landscaping treatments specifically designed to reduce pests.
  • Utilize preventative medications to protect your pet from fleas and ticks effectively.

How Our Veterinarians Can Help

During your visit, our veterinarians will assess whether fleas or ticks are troubling your pet. We provide immediate treatment to eliminate these parasites and discuss long-term prevention strategies, including monthly topical medications to ensure your pet remains protected.

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Heartworm Prevention & Treatment

Heartworms pose a significant risk, particularly to dogs, but also affect cats and ferrets. At Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic, we provide both preventative care and treatments for heartworms.