Phone: 847-634-3538 FAX: 847-634-3539
SKYCREST ANIMAL CLINIC
5301 ROUTE 83 LONG GROVE, ILLINOIS  60047
AFTER HOURS EMERGENCIES
Skycrest Animal Clinic   5301 Route 83   Long Grove, Illinois 60047   Phone 847-634-3538
Veterinary Specialty Center  Buffalo Grove, IL Telephone: (847) 459-7535 Animal Emergency & Treatment Center  Grayslake, IL Telephone: (847) 548-5300
Skycrest Animal Clinic | Veterinarians in Long Grove, IL | Pet Vaccinations | Affordable Spay & Neuter Services | Dog & Cat Dentistry | Veterinary Laser Therapy
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Parasite Prevetion

Parasite Prevention For Dogs and Cats

The most common parasites that we treat and prevent are Heartworms, fleas, ticks and a multitude of intestinal parasites. We recommend yearly testing for internal parasites as well as Heartworm and tick- borne diseases. Testing is simple and pain free for your pet. To test for intestinal parasites we ask that you bring a sample of your pet’s stool to their annual exam and we will test it for any parasites. To test for Heartworm and tick-borne disease we will take a small blood sample from your pet. For both tests we will have results by the next day, sometimes even sooner, and if your pet needs treatment we can start right away. Preventing parasites is very easy and will save you the frustration and cost of treating your pet if they were to get infected with heartworm disease, fleas, ticks or parasites in their stool. For prevention of Heartworms as well as treatment and control of roundworms and hookworms we recommend that you give your pet Heartgard Plus. It is a beef chewable that you will administer to your pet monthly. Most pets seem to really like the taste and have no problem taking it like a treat. Check out our Heartworm Disease page to answer any questions you may have. For the prevention and treatment of fleas and ticks we recommend either Nexgard or Frontline. Frontline is a topical medication that you administer to your pet’s skin monthly. Nexgard is a beef chewable that you would administer to your pet like a treat monthly. Both need to be administered monthly, even during the winter. It is a common misconception that you do not need to give your pet preventatives for fleas and ticks in the winter because they are not active, however this is not the case. While fleas are most generally active during hot and humid temperatures, ticks are active anytime the weather is at or above freezing. AND if the temperature drops below freezing one day but then is above the next you better believe the ticks will be out enjoying it! Check out the pictures to the right to see what kinds of ticks are prevalent during the different months of the year and how many days we had above freezing last winter. Last year we had a very mild winter (November through February) with only 23 days below freezing. That means that all of the other days from November through February your pet was at risk of getting ticks. If you did not treat them with Frontline or Nexgard that left them susceptible to ticks latching on and possibly passing on a tick-borne disease. Make sure to keep your pet safe this year by giving them preventative year round! Check out our Flea and Tick page to answer any questions you may have. Check out our Flea and Tick page to answer any questions you may have. The cost of preventing Heartworms, fleas, ticks and parasites is far less than the cost to treat the diseases that can occur because of them. Thanks to Merial, the manufacturer of Heartgard, Frontline and Nexgard, we are able to offer our clients rebates to help off-set the cost of prevention.
What is heartworm disease? Canine heartworm disease should be a concern for ALL dog owners. Where there are mosquitoes, there is heartworm disease. Heartworms are actual worms that live in the heart and blood vessels, while the immature form of the worm circulates in the bloodstream. The disease is contracted through the bite of a mosquito which is carrying the microfilaria (the immature heartworms). Many cases of heartworm disease can go undetected until clinical signs become severe. What are signs of heartworm disease? Signs include exercise intolerance, weight loss, and coughing. How does the disease progress? The infected heart becomes enlarged, in part due to the growing worms in its chambers. The heart must jump more forcefully to move blood past obstructed arteries. Fluid accumulates in the lungs as a result of the increased blood pressure. Eventually, the heart fails, unable to maintain its increased size and level of exertion on a diminished oxygen supply. How can heartworm disease be prevented? Heartworm prevention begins with a simple blood test. Our clinic uses a quick snap test that tests for heartworm as well as Lyme disease, Ehrlichia and Anaplasma. We test annually to ensure your pet remains negative for heartworm disease before continuing on their preventative course of treatment. If your pet tests negative for heartworm, you will be sent home with heartworm preventative medication which consists of a chewable tablet that you will administer once a month at home. We recommend maintaining your pet on heartworm preventative all year round, even through winter, to ensure that the cycle of prevention is not broken. Heartgard (our most popular brand of heartworm prevention) also provides effective treatment and control of roundworms and hookworms.
Fleas The flea is a hard, shiny, dark brown insect slightly smaller than a pinhead. Just about the time you part the hair to catch them, they jump onto you. A flea spends about 90% of its life off the host and only jumps on your dog for a blood meal which they can achieve up to 20 times per hour. Fleas are most often found over the rump or around the neck and ears. The thinner areas of hair on the abdomen are a good place to look also. Some pets react to being bitten by developing an allergic reaction that causes them to become intensely itchy, making them miserable and possibly leading to hair loss and skin infections. In addition, fleas can carry tapeworms, which can infect pets while they groom themselves. Ticks Ticks are potentially dangerous parasites commonly found throughout North America. Tick bites are usually painless. After the tick attaches to the host (which could be a person or a pet), any infection that it potentially could be carrying may be transmitted via its saliva as it feeds on the host. Diseases that ticks can transmit include Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Erlichiosis. Diagnosis and treatment of some tick-borne disease can be both complicated and costly. While treatment is available for some, it may not be for others, so repelling ticks to help prevent attachment is an important way to minimize your pet’s risk of getting bitten by these disease-spreading pests. We carry several excellent products for fleas and ticks. Please discuss with your Doctor which product would be the most appropriate for your pet.
5301 Route 83   Long Grove, Illinois 60047  
Phone: 847-634-3538 FAX: 847-634-3539
Skycrest Animal Clinic  
Skycrest Animal Clinic | Veterinarians in Long Grove, IL | Pet Vaccinations | Affordable Spay & Neuter Services | Dog & Cat Dentistry | Veterinary Laser Therapy
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Phone: 847-634-3538 FAX: 847-634-3539
SKYCREST ANIMAL CLINIC
5301 ROUTE 83 LONG GROVE, ILLINOIS  60047
AFTER HOURS EMERGENCIES
Veterinary Specialty Center  Buffalo Grove, IL Telephone: (847) 459-7535
Animal Emergency & Treatment Center Grayslake, IL Telephone: (847) 548-5300
Parasite Prevention
The most common parasites that we treat and prevent are Heartworms, fleas, ticks and a multitude of intestinal parasites. We recommend yearly testing for internal parasites as well as Heartworm and tick-borne diseases. Testing is simple and pain free for your pet. To test for intestinal parasites we ask that you bring a sample of your pet’s stool to their annual exam and we will test it for any parasites. To test for Heartworm and tick-borne disease we will take a small blood sample from your pet. For both tests we will have results by the next day, sometimes even sooner, and if your pet needs treatment we can start right away. Preventing parasites is very easy and will save you the frustration and cost of treating your pet if they were to get infected with heartworm disease, fleas, ticks or parasites in their stool. For prevention of Heartworms as well as treatment and control of roundworms and hookworms we recommend that you give your pet Heartgard Plus. It is a beef chewable that you will administer to your pet monthly. Most pets seem to really like the taste and have no problem taking it like a treat. Check out our Heartworm Disease page to answer any questions you may have. For the prevention and treatment of fleas and ticks we recommend either Nexgard or Frontline. Frontline is a topical medication that you administer to your pet’s skin monthly. Nexgard is a beef chewable that you would administer to your pet like a treat monthly. Both need to be administered monthly, even during the winter. It is a common misconception that you do not need to give your pet preventatives for fleas and ticks in the winter because they are not active, however this is not the case. While fleas are most generally active during hot and humid temperatures, ticks are active anytime the weather is at or above freezing. AND if the temperature drops below freezing one day but then is above the next you better believe the ticks will be out enjoying it! Check out the pictures to the right to see what kinds of ticks are prevalent during the different months of the year and how many days we had above freezing last winter. Last year we had a very mild winter (November through February) with only 23 days below freezing. That means that all of the other days from November through February your pet was at risk of getting ticks. If you did not treat them with Frontline or Nexgard that left them susceptible to ticks latching on and possibly passing on a tick-borne disease. Make sure to keep your pet safe this year by giving them preventative year round! Check out our Flea and Tick page to answer any questions you may have. Check out our Flea and Tick page to answer any questions you may have. The cost of preventing Heartworms, fleas, ticks and parasites is far less than the cost to treat the diseases that can occur because of them. Thanks to Merial, the manufacturer of Heartgard, Frontline and Nexgard, we are able to offer our clients rebates to help off-set the cost of prevention.
What is heartworm disease? Canine heartworm disease should be a concern for ALL dog owners. Where there are mosquitoes, there is heartworm disease. Heartworms are actual worms that live in the heart and blood vessels, while the immature form of the worm circulates in the bloodstream. The disease is contracted through the bite of a mosquito which is carrying the microfilaria (the immature heartworms). Many cases of heartworm disease can go undetected until clinical signs become severe. What are signs of heartworm disease? Signs include exercise intolerance, weight loss, and coughing. How does the disease progress? The infected heart becomes enlarged, in part due to the growing worms in its chambers. The heart must jump more forcefully to move blood past obstructed arteries. Fluid accumulates in the lungs as a result of the increased blood pressure. Eventually, the heart fails, unable to maintain its increased size and level of exertion on a diminished oxygen supply. How can heartworm disease be prevented? Heartworm prevention begins with a simple blood test. Our clinic uses a quick snap test that tests for heartworm as well as Lyme disease, Ehrlichia and Anaplasma. We test annually to ensure your pet remains negative for heartworm disease before continuing on their preventative course of treatment. If your pet tests negative for heartworm, you will be sent home with heartworm preventative medication which consists of a chewable tablet that you will administer once a month at home. We recommend maintaining your pet on heartworm preventative all year round, even through winter, to ensure that the cycle of prevention is not broken. Heartgard (our most popular brand of heartworm prevention) also provides effective treatment and control of roundworms and hookworms.
Fleas The flea is a hard, shiny, dark brown insect slightly smaller than a pinhead. Just about the time you part the hair to catch them, they jump onto you. A flea spends about 90% of its life off the host and only jumps on your dog for a blood meal which they can achieve up to 20 times per hour. Fleas are most often found over the rump or around the neck and ears. The thinner areas of hair on the abdomen are a good place to look also. Some pets react to being bitten by developing an allergic reaction that causes them to become intensely itchy, making them miserable and possibly leading to hair loss and skin infections. In addition, fleas can carry tapeworms, which can infect pets while they groom themselves. Ticks Ticks are potentially dangerous parasites commonly found throughout North America. Tick bites are usually painless. After the tick attaches to the host (which could be a person or a pet), any infection that it potentially could be carrying may be transmitted via its saliva as it feeds on the host. Diseases that ticks can transmit include Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Erlichiosis. Diagnosis and treatment of some tick-borne disease can be both complicated and costly. While treatment is available for some, it may not be for others, so repelling ticks to help prevent attachment is an important way to minimize your pet’s risk of getting bitten by these disease-spreading pests. We carry several excellent products for fleas and ticks. Please discuss with your Doctor which product would be the most appropriate for your pet.
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