Protecting your pets and family from parasite born illnesses

by Karen Eggleston
The life cycle of a tick, showing how and when humans and pets can become infected with Lyme's disease The life cycle of a tick, showing how and when humans and pets can become infected with Lyme's disease

Dr.Jagjit S. Kaleka of the Mauston Pet Hospital and Veterinary Clinic warns of the effects of parasites to our pets, particularly dogs. Parasites include fleas, ticks and mosquitoes as well as internal parasites like hookworm, roundworm and whipworms. Kaleka said, “This is the time of year to get your dogs and cats screened for disease such as heartworm and Lyme’s disease and to start preventative medications. It is important to have your dog screened yearly.”

According to Kaleka during the last quarter of 2016 in Juneau County, there were twenty cases of Lyme’s Disease reported in people and in all of 2016 over 500 cases of Lyme’s disease was reported in dogs in Juneau County. Kaleka says, “Part of the high amount of Lyme’s Disease and other parasite diseases in because many people in Juneau County live in rural areas where these insects are more prevalent.”

The Mauston Pet Hospital uses a 4DX snap test is used for screening six- vector-borne diseases including heartworm and Lyme. Heartworm is spread through mosquitoes and Lyme through ticks, both of which are very prevalent in Juneau County and throughout the country. These diseases can be deadly if not diagnosed and treated. Prevention is key but not always 100 percent effective.

Even if your pets are not showing any outward signs it is important to have your pets screened annually. Early treatment and detection are the goals of preventative care.

During the month of April, Mauston Pet Hospital is offering promotions on Nexgard, Heartgard and Frontline. For any questions or to make an appointment for a pet call: Mauston Pet Hospital is located at 512 Gateway Drive/HWY 82E in Mauston, WI. Phone number: 608-847-6024 or 608-847-6049