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At Hanover Veterinary Clinic we promote disease prevention through vaccines, yearly visits, fecal examinations and monthly heartworm/flea/tick preventative products. A yearly physical exam helps us identify any health issues early and offers an opportunity to update vaccines, discuss concerns and ensure your pet is protected. Checking a stool sample for parasites is important because some parasites can be transmitted to humans and some parasitic infections require medication even if not causing symptoms.
Heartworm disease is caused by a parasite spread through mosquito bites. Adult worms infect the heart and can lead to heart and lung disease. Monthly preventative kills the immature stages preventing establishment of adult infections. We recommend year round administration and yearly heartworm blood test. For more information about heartworm disease please explore the American Heartworm Society website .
Ticks can transmit many diseases that cause harm in dogs. Fortunately, in this area ticks do not transmit diseases to cats but outdoor cats can carry ticks into the house and expose humans. Lyme disease is the most common tick transmitted disease in our area. Signs of Lyme disease can range from severe joint pain, fever, swollen lymph nodes to mild symptoms of low energy, reduced appetite or slight lameness. A monthly preventative will keep ticks from attaching long enough to transmit disease. In general, a tick is attached too long if it is engorged. If you find engorged ticks this indicates the preventative is not working; please contact us for other options. Just like heartworm disease, we recommend yearly blood screening for tick transmitted diseases.
Please ask our staff about the best preventative medications for your cat or dog
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New patients receive 15% OFF first exam.
Call us at 603-643-3313 to take advantage of this exclusive offer.
Our building is open every Saturday and we offer doctor appointments two Saturdays per month.
For after hours emergencies please call SAVES at 603-306-0007