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Heartworm disease is a serious but preventable condition. It affects dogs, cats and ferrets and can be potentially fatal.
A tiny bite from just one mosquito is all it takes for the parasite to enter your pet’s body and bloodstream. Over time, heartworm larvae can grow into long worms that live in the heart and major vessels surrounding the heart. The heart muscles get weakened and the pet’s lungs slowly get obstructed. If left undetected or untreated, the worms can even cause sudden death. This is why heartworm preventives are important and should be administered year-round.
Fleas are tiny parasites that live on the blood of mammals and are the most common external parasite in dogs and cats. Fleas can transmit disease to you and your pets before they are even found and removed.
In 2009, Banfield research team reported that, among cats and dogs, cats seen in our hospitals had the highest prevalence of fleas when compared to dogs nearly as high as 12 percent. The northwestern United States had the highest reported prevalence of fleas in cats.
As pets age, their preventive health care needs can evolve. Because needs can change, it’s important to review your Optimum Wellness Plan® regularly.
In most parts of the country, spring weather brings barbecues, evenings spent outdoors and something less desirable: an increase in your pet's risk of contracting heartworm disease.
Dogs can be born with genetic mutations that impact their health. Once such mutation is the MDR1 gene mutation. The MDR1 gene mutation is generally found in many herding breeds, some sighthound breeds and many mixed-breed dogs.
Natural or organic flea preparations have been tried for years, but their effectiveness have not been proven. Even though using natural products may seem like the “green” way to go, they may do little to control parasites and could potentially be toxic if used inappropriately.
With the sunshine and increased outdoor activity come unique needs for your pet. If your pet typically goes outdoors (whether it’s a short walk or a weekend camping trip), or simply rides in the car with you, you can take steps to lower its risk to many common outdoor summer and outdoor hazards.
Giardia is a microscopic parasite that can infect most mammals, including humans. The parasite invades cells lining the intestinal tract, causing bowel irritation and damage. There, the parasites reproduce and shed into the stool to pass out of the body. This stage of the parasite is very hearty and can remain infective in the environment for long periods of time. Infection occurs when parasites are ingested in contaminated water, stool, plant material, or food. Even licking a few drops of contaminated water, or a few parasites off of the paws or coat, can potentially cause infection.
Ascarids, or roundworms, are common intestinal parasites found in dogs and cats. Puppies and kittens can be infected by their mother. Kittens can carry the parasites from a very young age, while puppies may be infected from birth.
Now that spring is here, your pets are probably itching to go outside. The problem is, they may also be itching when they come back in. If you and your pet want to enjoy an itch-free summer, see your veterinarian and get your pet on a flea prevention program today!
The hookworm is a common intestinal parasite of dogs. Incidence of infection varies by region. Hookworms attach to the intestinal lining and feed by sucking significant amounts of blood from their host. Adult worms live in a pet's small intestine and deposit eggs that are passed in the stool to develop into larvae.
The whipworm is a small, whip shaped intestinal parasite of dogs. Adult worms live in the large intestine and pass eggs into the stool. Infection occurs by ingestion of eggs from contaminated environments.
A veterinary examination, stool examination, and appropriate treatment is the best way to keep your canine friend happy, healthy, and parasite free.
According to Banfield's research team, in 2009, the regions in the country with the highest prevalence of ticks were the south central region for dogs, and the northeast region for cats.
Just the mere mention of the word deworming conjures up an unpleasant image in most pet owners’ minds — and for good reason. Worms, or worm segments, can be present in your pet’s stool or vomit and some can potentially infect the human members of your family, too.
The tapeworm is a parasite found in the intestines or tissue of many mammals. Worm segments containing eggs are shed and passed in the stool, leaving the tapeworm head still attached in the intestine to produce new segments.
I was doing research on flea and tick preventative. I'm curious what species of ticks the First Shield Trio brand that you sell is effective against. Couldn't find it listed anywhere. It just says eff...
Now that spring is here, your pets are probably itching to go outside. The problem is, they may also be itching when they come back in. If you and your pet want to enjoy an itch-free summer, see your veterinarian and get your pet on a flea prevention program today!
Start a complete flea control program immediately. Fleas live by sucking the blood of your pets. They can bite humans as well. Fleas can cause discomfort by biting, anemia, skin allergies, spread disease and transmit tapeworms.
Pets bring unconditional love, but they are sometimes accompanied by zoonotic parasites, including ringworm. Download this handout to learn more about how ringworms can affect your pets as well as the rest of your family.
Tapeworms can be transferred amongst all members of the household. Download this handout to learn how tapeworms can affect your pet as well as the rest of your family.
Banfield, The Pet Hospital® is now offering ProHeart 6®, an injectable six-month heartworm preventive, throughout its hospitals nationwide. ProHeart 6 is the only heartworm preventive in the United States that ensures dogs are continuously protected against heartworm disease for six months; following a single dose and is designed to be administered exclusively by a veterinarian for professional control of a Pet’s health.
Whether you are planning a day hike or a weekend trip, remember that dogs need a few supplies to make sure they stay happy and healthy when traveling or hiking outdoors.
Banfield’s Applied Research and Knowledge (BARK) team has released new findings regarding the prevalence of internal and external parasites in both canine and feline populations. The BARK team conducts ongoing research in the field of veterinary medicine based upon the data collected from the nearly 115,000 office visits Banfield hospitals perform each week.
Start a complete flea control program immediately. Fleas live by sucking the blood of your pets. They can bite humans as well. Fleas can cause discomfort by biting, anemia, skin allergies, spread disease, and transmit tapeworms. Spare your pet the discomfort of a continued infestation.
"Ringworm" is the common name for several types of fungi that can infect the skin of pets and people. These organisms can be found in the soil, on pets, or on humans. Pets may acquire a fungal infection from any of these sources and, in turn, pass the infection along to others.
Fleas are small, brown or black, wingless, rapid-moving insects that feed on blood by biting pets and, occasionally, people.
A number of scientific studies have found that direct contact with pets can put people at risk for the transmission of zoonotic parasites, including scabies. Download this handout to learn how scabies can affect your pet as well as the rest of your family.
Deer ticks, which are prevalent in various parts of the United States, are the major carrier of Lyme disease. But some other species of ticks can also carry the disease. Learn about the signs of Lyme disease and what you can do to reduce your pet's chances of contracting the disease.
Heartworm disease is caused by long slender worms that can reach up to 12 inches in length and can infect dogs, cats and ferrets. This handout is intended to educate pet owners about the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heartworm disease.
Banfield associates partnered with the Animal Humane Society and students attending the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) Symposium to deliver preventive care to under-served pets.
My dog is about to start heartworm treatment. How much exercise would be too much for her during the treatment, and how much is not enough? She's generally a very mellow dog but likes her walks. Any a...
How long does it take to cure tapeworm in my cat after treatment? Can I leave my cat at a boarding house not to spread tapeworms?
My puppy will be 8 weeks July 6th. Can I get flea & tick protection for her or is she to young? Oh Can we spray the yard as well?
The American Heartworm Society™ and professional football player LaDainian Tomlinson, today will begin distributing a public service announcement (PSA) to educate pet owners about the dangers of heartworm disease. The 60-second PSA will be distributed to television and radio stations nationwide and will provide information on how to protect pets from this potentially deadly disease. Additionally, the PSA will share information about how the disease is transmitted and dispel heartworm misconceptions. The PSA was funded through an educational partnership with Banfield Pet Hospital®, the world’s largest veterinary practice.
Pet health care needs can change over time, so having a veterinary preventive care plan that is specific to your pet is one of the best ways of keeping them healthy throughout life.
Pyoderma is a bacterial infection of the skin. Infection may be secondary to, or associated with, other skin abnormalities or damage such as allergies, irritants, skin trauma, fungal infections, external parasites, general poor health or nutrition, or hormonal imbalances.
Coccidiosis is a parasitic disease of the intestinal tract caused by a microscopic organism. The disease generally spreads from one pet to another by contact with stool (bowel movement) from infected individuals.
Banfield veterinarians and vet techs partner with local shelters and rescue organizations to provide veterinary services to pets waiting to find their forever homes.
One of the most common diagnoses in 2011, ear mites ranked in the top 10, accounting for 7 percent of kittens (up to 1 year of age) treated at Banfield hospitals. Ear mites are insects that live as parasites in the ears of your cat...
Often referred to as Scabies, Sarcoptic Mange is a condition in dogs and cats that starts with a microscopic mite. The mite burrows under skin, causing very intense itching and infection in your dog or cat.
Warm weather weekends at the beach, lake or pool make as big a splash with pets as with the rest of the family. But before diving in, every doggie paddler in the family can use a few poolside precautions to get a head start on swimming season with these summer tips.
Tracheitis is an inflammation or infection of the trachea, or windpipe. Laryngitis is an infection or inflammation of the larynx (the tissue and cartilage that close off the upper-most part of the trachea during swallowing to prevent choking).
Dermatitis is inflammation of the skin. Inflammation may be secondary to, or associated with, other skin abnormalities or damage such as allergies, irritants, skin trauma, bacterial or fungal infections, external parasites, general poor health or nutrition, hormonal imbalances, and immune system abnormalities. If bacteria are involved, they are usually normal skin organisms that have opportunistically invaded a weakened area of the most external layer of skin.
Regular physical examinations and routine diagnostic tests are essential for your pet, because changes in your pet’s health can occur quickly and at any time.
Bordetella bronchiseptica is a bacterial agent that, along with several viruses, contributes to Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis, or "Kennel Cough" disease.
Bordetella bronchiseptica is a bacterial agent that, along with several viruses, contributes to Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis, or "Kennel Cough" disease.
Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes, and it only takes the bite of one mosquito to cause heartworm disease and irreparable damage to your pet’s heart, lungs and blood vessels.
Although it is an unlikely event(especially if you use flea and tick preventive treatments as recommended)if you do find a tick on your pet, our Banfield veterinarians have some advice for removing it safely.
Ticks are small insects that live by taking blood meals from mammals. They are found in most parts of the United States.
Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes, and it only takes the bite of one mosquito to cause heartworm disease and irreparable damage to your pet’s heart, lungs and blood vessels.
When broaching the topic of common skin problems in pets, consider that the cause of skin problems can be exceptionally complex.
Here are 10 ways you and your Banfield veterinarian can partner together to help promote wellness and help your dog or cat get the care they deserve.
To kick off National Pet Dental Month, Banfield Pet Hospital releases a scratch and sniff children's book to teach families about the importance of dog dental care. 
Atopy and food related allergic skin disease are caused by reactions to inhaled, ingested, or absorbed "allergens" (pollen, mold spores, dust, dust mites, food, etc.). This is similar to "hay fever" in humans. However, instead of the sinus and nasal signs in humans, pets may manifest the disease as skin irritation that can include the entire skin surface and ear canals.
Traveling with your cat can make your trip even more fun, but it’s very important to plan ahead.
With so many different dog breeds in the world, it’s not surprising that puppies grow at different rates. In general, small-breed dogs mature more quickly than larger breeds.
Putting your pet on a year-round preventive care schedule is one of the best things you can do to make sure your dog or cat stays healthy and happy throughout his or her life. One very important part of maintaining year-round control of your pet’s health is partnering with your veterinarian to create a plan that is unique to your pet.
From puppy and kitten to all stages of adult life, every member of your four-legged family deserves quality preventive care. Banfield Optimum Wellness Plans® help pet owners take the guessing out of doing what’s best for their pets.
At Banfield, we believe in preventing pet health issues before they happen. With Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plans®, you receive a package of preventive pet health care services and discounts designed to meet the needs of your individual pet.
Put a stop to pet health issues before they even start. You can help keep your dog or cat healthy by creating a preventive care program for your pet.
If your pet has extensive skin damage, and is constantly biting, licking and scratching, your veterinarian may have diagnosed the condition as flea allergy dermatitis.
Fleas may be small (1 to 2mm long) but they can cause big problems for your dog, cat and family members. Their bites are an annoyance and can be very itchy, causing your pet to scratch—especially if it’s allergic to flea saliva. Too much scratching can lead to skin infections, for one thing, not to mention that a flea can also spread disease. That’s why it’s important that your pet is given a preventive medication regularly. Year-round protection is optimal.
New report finds food allergies may not be as prevalent in pets as expected – Banfield Pet Hospital provides data on the more likely cause of pets’ skin irritations.
Banfield Pet Hospital released its State of Pet Health™ 2014 Report today, revealing a staggering 48 percent increase in the prevalence of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) infection in cats and a 21 percent increase in the prevalence of infection with the bacterium that causes Lyme disease in dogs. 
Banfield Pet Hospital, the world's largest veterinary practice, released its State of Pet Health 2013 Report today, revealing that spaying and neutering dogs and cats, among other factors, may influence a pet's lifespan. The report, compiled by Banfield's internal research team, Banfield Applied Research and Knowledge (BARK), analyzed data collected in 2012 from nearly 2.2 million dogs and 460,000 cats cared for in Banfield's more than 800 hospitals in 43 states. The State of Pet Health 2013 Report includes state-specific statistics regarding lifespan of pets, and provides a comprehensive summary of overall pet health, including common and chronic diagnoses.
Deer ticks, which are prevalent in various parts of the United States, are the major carrier of Lyme disease. But some other species of ticks can also carry the disease.