Parasite Control (Heartworms, Fleas, Ticks)

Heartland Animal Clinic

213 Village Center St
Nixa, MO 65714


Parasite Control (Heartworms, Fleas, Ticks)

Common intestinal parasites include roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms. We recommend an annual intestinal parasite screen to make sure your pet is free from these parasites.

Heartworms are transmitted by an infected mosquito biting your pet. These parasites live in the heart. If unrecognized and untreated this is a fatal disease. We follow the American Heartworm Society’s guidelines and recommend screening your pet annually for heartworm disease. This is a simple test that is ran during your pets routine annual wellness exam.

The good news is heartworm disease can be prevented with a monthly oral medication.
Fleas can transmit tapeworms to your pet and cause anemia. Fleas are also capable of transmitting serious diseases. Most pets are allergic to the saliva of fleas which can cause itching, inflammation of the skin and discomfort.

Ticks are also capable of transmitting serious diseases to your pet. These include lyme disease, ehrlichia disease and rocky mountain spotted fever to name a few.

We are happy to discuss heartworm prevention as well as flea/tick prevention medications that are best suited for your pet and lifestyle. There is not a one approach fits all as risk factors are different for every pet.