Pet Flea and Tick Control
Fleas and ticks are much more than mere nuisances; these tiny pests can cause huge problems for your pet’s health. The blood these Parasites leech off your pet may lead to anemia. Their bites often transmit diseases and cause skin irritation. Because fleas and ticks directly cause so many health problems, prevention is crucial.
Fleas can infest even indoor pets – coming in through window screens, on human clothing, or else riding on pets that do go outside. Once fleas enter a home, they will continuously lay microscopic eggs which fall onto your floors, furniture, pet bedding, and clothing. Fleas are not only an annoyance; they can also create significant blood loss, and introduce tapeworms. Flea infestation can even mask other diseases – meaning the causes of anemia, fatigue, or itching may go unexamined while there is a flea infestation. Generally, the longer your vet cannot define the source of a problem, the more severe a problem becomes before your pet is started on appropriate treatment. Please keep your pet on flea prevention all year to prevent infestations.
Contemporary methods of flea prevention differ significantly from those of the past, and are more streamlined and effective for it. Gone are the days of sprays, flea collars, and flea shampoos, which seldom actually help to control fleas. Instead, we now use once-a-month products which quickly and fully exterminate the adult fleas on your pet. Topical liquids applied to the skin on the back of your pet’s neck also contain egg inhibitors to stop potential future infestations. Chewable medication for dogs ends the struggle of applying topical treatments, and is just as effective in killing fleas and ticks quickly, as well as preventing new infestations.
Many such products are available on the market, but we recommend you buy from your Veterinarian to ensure the product is safe for your pet. Stores are full of cheap but often unsafe products. Most over-counter flea control topical liquids are simply a topical form of old pesticides. Some animals have no adverse reaction to these pesticides, but it is not uncommon to have a sensitivity to the toxins in them. Additionally, a great number of flea control products are toxic to cats, but, despite them being clearly labeled for dog use only, wind up sending cats to the hospital. In some cases, merely being in the same house as these cat-toxic products is enough to get your cat sick.
There are so many different kinds of ticks it can make your head spin! Each tick tends to carry a different variety of disease – Lyme disease is only one of many which can cause your pet to become very ill, or even to die. In Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Deer Tick is primarily a concern due to Lyme disease, but Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasmosis all can impact your dog’s well-being. Although we do have tests and treatments for each of these diseases, it’s still true that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Keeping your pet on regular, monthly tick prevention can help to keep him or her healthy!