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Can Mosquitoes Harm Your Pet?

Mosquitoes are small parasites that can be a nuisance to animals and humans alike. They reproduce quickly, especially during warm and humid weather or around ponds, pools, lakes, and other sources of water.

Commonly known, these pesky little parasites can carry and transmit many diseases to humans, but also, a deadly disease for pets known as heartworm. Although not all mosquitoes carry such disease, their bite might cause some nuisance to yourself or your pet.

Heartworm is a parasitic roundworm that is spread through the bites of mosquitoes, affecting the heart, lungs and surrounding tissues of the animal. Here are a few symptoms of mosquito bites:

  • Allergic reactions.
  • Constant scratching.
  • Mosquito bites (bumps on your dog’s skin).
  • Skin irritation.

Protect your pet with year-round heartworm prevention and regular testing.

How to protect your pet from mosquitoes?

  • Avoid going outdoors early in the morning and late afternoon.
  • Avoid leaving stagnant water around your house and garden.
  • Have window and door screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering the home.
  • Use pet-friendly mosquito repellents.

Even if you don’t live in a high-risk area for heartworm, there is always a chance your pet could become infected. Although heartworm disease cannot be directly transmitted from one animal to another, it only takes one bite from an infected mosquito for your pet to get heartworm.

If you would like to start your pet on a parasite prevention treatment, contact your veterinarian for their recommended program.

Written by Moncton Animal Hospital

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Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. CANCELLATION POLICY

Clients must confirm their appointments 24 hours before their scheduled time slot at the latest. We will cancel appointments of clients who do not confirm and give them to waitlisted patients.

4. ZERO TOLERANCE AGAINST ABUSE

We reserve the right to refuse service to clients who verbally, emotionally, or physically harm any of our teammates.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday: 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

 

NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Moncton Animal Hospital