Flea & Tick Control
What You Need To Know
The temperatures are rising, which means it’s time to be thinking about your pet’s flea and tick medicine. As early as March, fleas and ticks can start to become a threat to your furry friend, depending on where you live. Your pet being protected is about more than just their comfort, their health can be at stake, too. Ticks can carry diseases like Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Babesiosis, Bartonellosis, and Hepatozoonosis. These can pose a serious threat to both you and your pet, so be sure to get your pet treated as soon as possible. Don’t forget to get your indoor/outdoor cat treated, as well!
There are a LOT of products on the market! Always be sure to talk to your vet about what the best medicine would be for your furry friends. Some flea medication from the store can be harmful to your pet as it can cause an allergic reaction or in some instances, a chemical burn. Products are size and species-specific, so be careful on what dosage you give your pet. Age is also a factor that needs to be considered. Store bought flea shampoo is a less intense product that can be used on your pet, but is not a perfect long term solution. It is always best to consult a vet about the best route to take and can be discussed at your pet’s annual checkup.
Warmer months also mean mosquitos, which can transmit heartworms to your pets, as well. Be sure to treat your pets with heartworm prevention throughout the year, but especially through the warmer months. One mosquito bite is enough to infect your dog with this horrible disease in which worms literally start eating your dog's heart. Not only is treatment expensive, it is hard on the dog, much like chemo for a cancer patient. Pet rescues, like Paw Patrol, will not allow adoption if your current pets are not on this extremely important prevention.
If you are a new pet parent, below is a list of questions you can ask your vet when it comes to flea, tick, and heartworm prevention products:
- How often should I apply this product?
- How long until this product begins to work?
- If I see a flea or a tick, does that mean this is not an effective product for my pet and should I try something else?
- What should I do if my pet does have a reaction to the product?
- In what cases will I have to use more than one product?
- If I do need multiple products, how should I go about using them together
Lastly, be sure to get your pet’s annual vet checks. Pets cannot tell you when they are not feeling like themselves so annual check-ups can prevent more serious issues. As always, remember that our pets are our families and deserve the same attention to their health that you would give to other family members. Pets deserve to be comfortable and healthy, too!