Protection Against Parasites in Dogs, With Simparica Trio

Learn about the risks and how to protect your dog with Simparica Trio

Tiny pests can present big risks to your dog. Are you aware of the harm that heartworms, fleas and ticks, and parasites can inflict on your pet’s health? It’s important to be informed about each of these vectors to help ensure your dog’s health.


Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease affecting a number of mammals, including dogs. Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes and live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets. Causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs, heartworm symptoms can also include persistent cough, fatigue, decreased appetite and weight loss.

“Heartworms in dogs are at the top of the list of dangerous and deadly parasites that can infect our canine friends. Heartworm occurs all across the United States, posing great risk to those not on heartworm prevention,” warns Tony Hawkins, DVM, Valley Vet Supply technical service veterinarian.

Fleas and ticks

More than an annoyance, fleas and ticks can be dangerous and cause severe irritation to pets, transmitting diseases and serving as a common cause of allergies in dogs.

“These parasites can transmit dangerous diseases to both you and your pets,” shares Dr. Hawkins.

Fleas can transmit harmful bacterial pathogens and tapeworms, and cause anemia and intense itching. Flea allergy dermatitis also can derive from an allergic reaction to flea saliva. Ticks are found year-round, in every part of the U.S.1 and are responsible for transmitting at least 15 different serious diseases to dogs, including Lyme disease.2 Symptoms of fleas and ticks can include itching, sores, inflammation and hair loss.

Roundworms and hookworms

“Hookworms in dogs and roundworms in dogs are very common throughout the United States. Both of these parasites have unique life cycles in that the parasite larvae, after they are consumed, will migrate through other tissues in the body -- lungs, liver and muscles -- potentially causing disease in those organs. Adult dogs can certainly become sick from these parasites, but puppies are at high risk for serious disease from severe anemia or respiratory disease due to parasite migration. Another important reason to control these parasites is due to the zoonotic risk they pose to humans. Hookworms and roundworms can infect people and migrate through different areas of the body,” shares Dr. Hawkins.

Hookworms and roundworms can produce symptoms in dogs such as stomach swelling, vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration.

It is important to prevent your pet from such risks outlined above. In order to do so, “It is best to maintain every dog on year-round broad spectrum parasite control for heartworms, fleas and ticks, and intestinal parasites. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” shares Dr. Hawkins.

For One Chew That Provides Triple Protection, Look to Simparica Trio

Simparica Trio is a once-a-month liver-flavored chewable that protects your dog against heartworm disease, fleas and ticks, roundworms and hookworms. It’s available with a prescription from your veterinarian, at, and features a number of benefits.

  • Simparica Trio is approved for puppies as young as 8 weeks old, weighing 2.8 lbs. or more.
  • Studies supporting U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval show one dose of Simparica Trio provided 100% protection against heartworm disease.
  • Simparica Trio starts killing fleas within four hours and achieved 100% effectiveness within eight hours, in a study.
  • Simparica Trio has proven efficacy to kill five types of ticks including the Gulf Coast Tick, Deer Tick, American Dog Tick, Lone Star Tick and Brown Dog Tick.
  • Simparica Trio is the only combination preventative that is FDA-approved to prevent Lyme infections as a direct result of killing Deer Ticks.
  • Simparica Trio provides treatment and control of roundworms and hookworms.
  • Simparica Trio comes with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on prevention.
  • “Valley Vet tries to make it as easy as possible for you or your veterinarian to call in a prescription or send in a prescription. There are several different ways that can happen, by fax, email or phone call. As the client, you can actually go online and order the medication, and then Valley Vet will just send that prescription authorization directly to your veterinarian,” says Dr. Hawkins.

    Work closely with your veterinarian to help ensure your dog’s overall safety and health. Speak with your veterinarian today, and buy Simparica Trio at


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