From docsef’s desk- Parasite Prevention

Mayday. Mayday. Parasite Prevention is needed because heartworms, ticks, and fleas are headed our way!

I feel like in my last few blogs and now with this one, I am beating a dead horse.

However, the first sentence above really is true. Heartworms, ticks, and fleas are heading our way. No, they actually are already here.

Just this week:

  • I have diagnosed a dog with heartworms who has been on heartworm prevention for the last 10 months but was probably exposed prior to taking the prevention.
  • I have seen a dog infested with ticks who was not on tick prevention.  And I have had other owners tell me they have found ticks on their dog.
  • I have treated several cases of Flea Allergic Dermatitis that only results from a flea infestation.
  • Heck, I found a tick on myself this past weekend!

And these cases are just mine. Compound that with my colleagues within our practice, or my colleagues within Cabarrus County, or even my colleagues in the Charlotte region and the numbers will grow exponentially. And all the while, this doesn’t even include pets that haven’t been to a vet this spring!

So here are my recommendations:

  1. Have your dog tested for heartworms every year. Do this even if he is on heartworm prevention. (see the first bullet point above)
  2. Keep your dog and cat on heartworm prevention year-round. Please understand- there is not enough cold weather in Cabarrus County/Charlotte region to kill the mosquitoes (that spread heartworms) and other pests to warrant not protecting year-round. And understand that heartworm prevention also prevents intestinal parasites that also are unfazed by our mild winter temperatures.
  3. Stay on tick and flea prevention year-round! (see point two above about our so-called winters)
  4. Use products that have great safety data, are newer generation, and are proven to work. Need some suggestions? Here you go:

Heartworm Preventatives we at Foster Animal Hospital sell, recommend, and use on our pets:

Cats: Revolution- Prevents HW, intestinal worms, ear mites, fleas and flea eggs. 

Dogs: Proheart- 6 months injection that prevents HW and is guaranteed to prevent certain intestinal worms. ProHeart 6 Logo

Trifexis- monthly chewable for HW, intestinal worms, and fleas but NOT ticks. 

Interceptor Plus- monthly chewable for HW and intestinal worms. 


Flea and Tick Preventatives we at Foster Animal Hospital sell, recommend, and use on our pets:

Cats: Revolution- Prevents HW, intestinal worms, ear mites, fleas and flea eggs but not ticks. 

Cats: Bravecto Topical- Fleas and ticks that lasts 3 months. BRAVECTO Topical Solution for Cats

Dogs: Bravecto Chewable- 3 month prevention of fleas and ticks. BRAVECTO pork flavor tasty chew

Vectra 3-D Topical- Fleas, flea eggs, ticks, mosquitoes, biting flies, mites, and lice.

There are numerous products on the market. These are the current ones we sell at Foster Animal Hospital and Foster Animal Clinic at Parkway Commons. Our staff is trained and more than happy to help you in your decision.

And I am a phone call or email away with any questions or concerns you may have!


All the best,

Stephen E Foster, DVM, CCRT

Foster Animal Hospital, P.A.

Foster Animal Clinic at Parkway Commons

Paws In Motion Canine Rehabilitation Center

730 Concord Parkway North

Concord, NC 28027


Twas The Night Before Christmas- Foster Animal Hospital Style


Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house,
All the dogs and cats were sleeping in the house.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that Santa Paws soon would be there.

The pets were nestled all snug in the beds,
While visions of CET dental treats danced in their heads.
Healthy Advantage was the food that they craved,
If fed this, they promised Santa, they would behave.

When out on the lawn arose such a clatter,
They sprang from their beds to see what was the matter.
Away to the window they flew in a flash,
Hoping someone had turned over the trash.

The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow,
Gave the luster of mid-day to the objects below.
When what to their wondering eyes should abound,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny deerhounds.

With a driver so cute it should be against the law,
I knew in a moment it must be Santa Paws.
More rapid than eagles his hounds they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name.

“Now Doctor Foster’s Steve and Tom, Now Seals, Now Ueleke and Dr. Plott!
On Doctor’s Novosad, Moser, and Lake and the lot!
To the top of the porch to the top of the wall,
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

So up to the house-top the deerhounds they flew,
With the sleigh full of goodies, and Santa Paws too!
With Trifexis, Comfortis and Iverheart in his sack,
Down the chimney came the leader of the pack.

The dogs hoped for Vectra 3D,
To keep them free of annoying fleas.
Revolution for cats is out of sight,
Treating them for heartworms, fleas and ear mites.

In our stockings went Preventive Care Plans good for a year,
To help keep us healthy and full of good cheer.
Plans that included a resort stay,
Where we could be cared for and be able to play.

Adaptil for dogs to decrease fear and anxiety,
And Feliway to calm cats and stop erroneous pee.
We knew that our owners had put these on our list,
Because these gave us both a big assist.

He did not bark, but went straight to his work,
And filled all our stockings then turned with a jerk.
Laying his paw aside of his nose,
And giving a nod up the chimney he rose.

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a bark,
And away they all flew like wings on a lark.
But I heard him exclaim ‘ere he drove off in stealth,
Happy Christmas to all and to all your pets we wish them Good Health.



Robin Moser, DVM

Foster Animal Hospital, P.A.

Concord, NC 28027