Heartworm Treatment: This is different from the prevention you give monthly or every 6 months if you use the injection. This is the actual treatment for killing adult heartworms. This is very risky because as you kill the adult heartworms, they have nowhere to go. The body must therefore get rid of the dead pieces. There is a risk of a piece of dead heartworm breaking off and going to your pet’s lung. Keeping your pet as calm as possible is the most important part of treatment to try and decrease the chance of that happening. The risk of the treatment is less than the risk of not treating at all. This treatment is only approved for dogs, we have no treatments for cats.
Flea Treatment: Treatment for your pets is the most important first step. ALL of your pets. This means your dog AND cat. If you feed it, it needs flea prevention. The next step is vacuuming as much as you can tolerate. This will help you to get the babies and eggs out of the environment. Vacuuming carpet and other surfaces. If it’s not cement, it needs to be vacuumed. Washing the pet’s bedding and pulling up couch cushions if the pet sits on the couch are other areas people tend to forget about. Sprays are ok for certain areas and the yard. Outside treatments don’t last as long because they wash out of the dirt pretty quick. You will likely still see fleas on your pet even while the treatment is still effective. These preventatives are not invisible shields that keep fleas from jumping on your pet. The fleas have to jump on, absorb the toxin and then they will die. If it’s a product your vet trusts, you just have to follow the application timing precisely and keep cleaning and monitoring for another animal bringing in more fleas(another cat, opossum, raccoon).