Bug Busters Packages
Internal and external parasite prevention is an extremely important part of your pet's continued good health. Buying a year's worth of heartworm, intestinal parasite prevention, and flea/tick control can be a big hit on the wallet though! We make it easy to budget with our Bug Busters Add-On, which can be added to the Right Start BASIC Program or to the Adult Dog or Cat PLUS Preventive Care Package. We recommend Simparica Trio for dogs and Revolution Plus for cats.
Here's what you get with the Bug Busters Package. Click on the links to learn more about the diseases you're protecting your pet and/or family against:
Flea control- fleas make pets itch and scratch resulting in skin infections that make the pet miserable. They can transmit tapeworms which while non-pathogenic (for the most part) are REALLY gross. And fleas are really hard to get rid of once they are in the environment. It can take months and many dollars to rid your home of a flea infestation.
People think that indoor only cats don't need flea control. They're wrong. Fleas come inside on your dog, on you, or just hop in when you open the door. The worst time for fleas is not in the summer as one would think, but in the fall to winter when the fleas REALLY want to find a nice warm home to spend the cold winter. So stopping flea control in the fall or winter months often leads to an infestation by spring.
Cat Scratch Fever (not to be confused with the Ted Nugent song)- is a disease caused by a flea-born bacteria Bartonella henselae. It can affect both cats and humans, sometimes seriously. There is no vaccine against this disease, so flea control is the only prevention.
Tick Control- not only do ticks transmit diseases to your pet, most of those same diseases can be transmitted by the ticks to people too.
One more disease that is transmitted by ticks from your pet but is only recognized in humans is STARI or Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness.
Prevention of Cytauxzoonosis - There is only one tick-born disease that affects cats in this area, but it is a doozy. Cytauxzoon felis, aka Bobcat Fever, causes severe liver disease, high fever, and the destruction of all types of blood cells- red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Without extremely fast diagnosis and VERY expensive treatment ($3000 to start) at a specialty hospital, most cats will die of this disease. Pittsboro and Southern Pines are North Carolina's hotspots for this dreadful disease. You can . Obviously nobody wants their cats to suffer and possibly die from this disease, so tick prevention is absolutely vital.
COST FOR THE BUG BUSTERS PACKAGE
Adult Dogs $300 per year, $25 per month
Puppies, Cats, and Kittens $240 per year, $20 per month
Medications are delivered right to your door.
To protect your pet and your family from these diseases,
the value is more than $5000!