Heartworm, Flea & Tick Prevention

Your pet is an easy target for small insects and parasites like fleas, ticks and heartworm-carrying mosquitos. These pesky critters feed on your pet and can potentially infect them with deadly diseases.


Ticks lurk around in tall grass and shrubs, where they then latch onto your pet and feed on their blood. These tiny pests are nearly microscopic, but despite their size they can be very deadly to your pet. One tick bite can carry many fatal diseases including:

  • Typhus
  • Lyme disease
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Ehrlichiosis Anaplasmosis

Ticks are also hazardous to you and your family, too. In rare instances, animal-to-human transfer can happen, so you must make special care to check your pet as well as yourself, particularly after woodland outdoor activities.


Fleas are bloodsucking insects that feed on mammals and lay eggs in their fur. They can transmit harmful parasites which include Murine Typhus as well as Tapeworms, and fleas can also cause anemia and dermatitis. They can also reproduce rapidly, as nearly as 50 times a day, which makes flea infestation a high threat to your pet’s well-being as well as to your home.


Heartworm-carrying mosquitos are dangerous to your pet—a mosquito’s bite can transmit the heartworm larva to your pet, where it will slowly develop and make its way toward the heart. Once it gets there, it will multiply with your pet’s pulmonary artery, which can lead to heart disease, constricted blood flow and major organ failure.

We take prevention for the above pests very seriously at West Hills Veterinary Centre. For any additional questions or to schedule an appointment, please contact us online or at 252-438-7163 today.

Heartworm & Fecal Testing

Heartworm and fecal testing are important for your pet’s well-being. At West Hills Veterinary Centre, our in-house fecal testing takes only 10 minutes and helps us detect hookworms, roundworms, whipworms and tapeworms. Fecal tests can also check for giardia and coccydia, which causes diarrhea. To ensure the best possible results, we ask that you bring a fresh fecal sample.

For heartworm testing, we do a 40x test which checks for heartworms and tick-borne diseases that are prevalent in the area—the most common diseases include licchya and lyme disease. We offer a send-out test, as well as a young-wellness version for pets under seven and a senior version for those over seven. In addition to this, we also test for internal organ functions.