562 North Main Street ~ Alpharetta,GA 30009
Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 1pm
If you are experiencing an emergency after hours please locate your nearest emergency clinic. Here are a few clinics we are familiar with.
Heartworms, Fleas and Ticks
Let’s start with Heartworms
What is Heartworm Disease?
Just like it sounds, heartworms are worms that infect the heart. The most important thing to know is the that they are preventable and are transmitted through mosquitoes.
Where is Heartworm Disease:
Heartworm disease has been reported in every state in the United States. The map below shows particularly endemic areas based on the number of cases reported by clinics.
Georgia is the 4thhighest state with heartworm infection. “Hotlanta’s” warm, year round temperatures provide the perfect environment for mosquitoes to live. Even though you might have to put on your winter coat, that does not mean that mosquitoes are not present. There are not enough consecutive days of freezing temperatures to completely kill the mosquito population.
Check out the link below to see what the FDA has to say about heartworms:
Fleas, Fleas and More Fleas
You never have just one flea. If you see a flea, you can rest assure he has dozens of friends close by. Fleas are not only pests but can be very costly to get rid of. Your best defense is prevention. When administered correctly, our products are highly effective. Like heartworm preventatives, flea preventatives need to be given all year.
Fleas can cause hair loss, anemia, skin irritations, etc. Although you cannot always see the fleas because they are so small and so fast, you can see evidence of fleas. What is commonly referred to as “flea dirt” is actually flea feces and can be found left behind on your pet and areas they have access to. Flea dirt is small, black dots that look like specks of pepper. When you wash your pet or touch the flea dirt it will appear red. That is because fleas eat blood from your pet and therefore defecate blood.
Where are fleas found???
Plants and shrubs
Cracks of wooden floors
Other animals or pets
Typical National Activity (according to The Weather Channel)
How to prevent Heartworms, Fleas and Ticks
We offer a variety of preventatives, please ask our staff about the product that would best fit for your pet and his/her lifestyle.
*Written prescriptions for these products carry a $3 written prescription charge.
Why over the counter and Internet products don’t work:
Some products have failed, not adequately test for safety
Products from the Internet do not have the guarantees from the manufacturer
Products from the internet can sometimes be out of stock and slow to deliver; leaving your pet unprotected
Veterinarians get their products directly from the manufacturer
Heartworms, Fleas and Ticks
Fleas, Fleas, and More Fleas
The Truth About Ticks
How to prevent Heartworms, Fleas, and Ticks
Animal Poison Control
Animal Emergency Center of Sandy Springs
228 Sandy Springs Pl NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30328
Blue Pearl / GVS of Sandy Springs
455 Abernathy Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30328
Animal Emergency Center of North Fulton
900 Mansell Road, Suite 19,
Roswell, GA 30076
Resources on Heartworms, Fleas and Ticks
Quality and Compassionate Veterinary Care
North Main Animal Hospital
Dr. Chad Bishop
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562 North Main Street Alpharetta, GA 30009
Phone: 770-664-9111 Fax: 770-664-9001