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Deerfoot Animal Clinic
6030 Deerfoot Pkwy
Trussville, AL 35173

Phone: 205-661-9630
Fax: 205-661-9679

Hospital Hours

Mon - Fri: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Closed for lunch from
12:30pm -1:30pm

For after hours emergencies, please contact:

Emergency Pet Care
7299 Gadsden Highway
205-661-2273
6pm-7am M-F
24 hour weekends & holidays

Preventative Medicine

Fleas and ticks are a minor issue IF they are addressed immediately. These pests can kill your dog if you allow them to reach infestation level. Fleas and ticks spread disease, cause allergic reactions, and act as vectors in the spread of blood and intestinal parasites. Heartworms in dogs are easy to prevent, but difficult and costly to cure. There is no way to tell if a mosquito is infected. That’s why prevention is so important. A heartworm is a deadly parasite that has several life stages, its preferred hosts are dogs, and it transmitted from infected dogs to uninfected dogs by mosquitoes. The bite of just one mosquito infected with the heartworm larvae will give your dog heartworm disease. Heartworms live in a dog's bloodstream, and eventually attack the heart muscle. Once a dog is bitten by an infected mosquito, it takes about 7 months for the larvae to mature into adult heartworms. They then lodge in the heart, lungs, and surrounding blood vessels and begin reproducing. Adult worms can grow up to 12 inches in length, can live 5-7 years, and a dog can have as many as 250 worms in its system. Symptoms begin with a soft cough during exertion such as running or playing with another dog. The dog later becomes lethargic and loses weight. When he has reached this stage of heartworm disease he is in grave danger of dying. There are several preventative products available, which are safe if used properly and year round compliance is followed. Several products use a combination of chemicals to prevent and kill both fleas and ticks. There are also combination products that work as flea and heartworm preventatives. Speak with our doctors today about what prevention they recommend for your pet.

How serious is the threat of heartworms and how do I protect my pet?
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In the warm climate of the southeast, mosquitoes are never fully dormant. Even in the winter, they survive in “hotspots” in our environment. Monthly heartworm prevention costs are $15-$25 per month – a worthwhile insurance policy against a life threatening disease which causes irreversible damage to the heart and which course of treatment ranges from $300-$800 (based on the size of the animal).

Do I need to use flea prevention year-round?
Yes. Year round coverage eliminates the risk of flea infestation. At the first visible sign of fleas, 2 months of infestation has already set in. Due to the climate in the southeast, it is never cold enough, long enough to kill fleas.