GPH 2021 Parasite Season Position Statement

Position Statement on Testing and Prevention of Parasites and Parasite Related diseases.

We recommend yearly heartworm and tick-borne disease testing with the Idexx 4DX test for Lyme disease, Ehrlichia, Anaplasmosis and Heartworm for dogs.  

  • Even with parasite prevention, the transmission of these diseases is possible.
  • Ticks have been well documented to occur on warm days in the winter when prevention is not commonly used in most pets.
  • Pills given late skipped or inadvertently spit/vomited up unnoticed by the owner leave the pet exposed to these diseases.
  • Wellness testing at a reduced price is also recommended at this time to screen early for disease that may not show clinical signs.  This blood test will also provide a baseline for comparing future lab results.
  • We recommend the use of monthly Credelio oral (preferred) or Advantix topical as a primary method of preventing fleas, lice, and ticks in all dogs.  In cats that go outdoors, we recommend topical Bravecto for the prevention of fleas, lice, mites and ticks.
  • Ticks, fleas and lice are found regularly in urban areas including grass bordering sidewalks and paths, and in back yards.
  • For most pets, March to November offers appropriate coverage.  However, with milder winters, we encourage owners to consider year-round tick prevention, especially in dogs that are active outdoors in the winter.
  • Prevention is much safer, easier and less costly than treatment
  • At this time in our area, we recommend tick prevention with monthly Credelio oral (preferred) or Advantix topical as our primary prevention for tick-borne disease, including Lyme disease, in all dogs during the highest-risk months of March to November. We encourage owners to consider year-round protection.
  • The incidence of tick-borne disease is rapidly increasing in our area.  Diagnosis and treatment of these diseases can be difficult and costly.
  • Ticks have been found in our area 12 months of the year, appearing in colder months if daily temperatures exceed 4 degrees even for a short period of time.
  • This is the timeline that has been determined as the risk period for animals to contract heartworm disease, and thus we base our yearly prevention programs around these dates.
  • Year-round treatment is recommended for pets in the home with young children, pregnant women or immunocompromised individuals.
  • Year round treatment is recommended for dogs that roam freely off-leash and may have access to rodents, or the feces of other dogs or wild canids (coyotes, foxes).
  • We recommend regular deworming of all cats with Milbemax or Advantage Multi, on a schedule determined by your veterinary team depending on the risk
  • Monthly treatment with Milbemax + Advantage Multi (or Every 2nd month treatment with Bravecto) for all outdoor cats or cats that might be hunting indoors.
  • Monthly treatment with Advantage Multi + every 3rd month treatment with Milbemax for indoor cats in the household with dogs or that go out on a leash.
  • Every 3 month treatment with Milbemax for indoor-only cats. 
  • We recommend the use of Interceptor Plus monthly as a means of preventing the spread of a new and emerging tapeworm in Ontario that poses a serious risk to human health, Echinococcus multilocularis as well as prevention of heartworm, roundworm, hookworm and whipworm.
  • This risk of Echinococcus multilocularis is of particular concern to dogs that have access to wild canid feces (coyote or wolf), or that have access to rodents. 

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