Flea and Tick Preventatives
Fleas and ticks are more than just a nuisance. They are parasites that can efficiently carry and pass on diseases which can seriously affect pets and their people.
For every flea found on a pet, there may be thousands of pupae, larvae, and eggs in the environment - in bedding, carpets, furniture and the yard. Indoors, fleas can quickly develop into a year round problem. Fleas can transmit tapeworms, cause anemia, and many dogs and cats are allergic to their bites. Severe itching and subsequent skin infections can be caused by a single flea bite in an allergic pet.
Ticks may carry the organisms responsible for Lyme's disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichiosis and other potentially serious diseases.
There are several good products available which can help prevent exposure to these pests. Ask us which may be best for your pet. Some products claiming to be safe and effective can be dangerous.
Read product information very carefully before using any tick or flea product on cats. High concentrations of permethrins, safe for most dogs, can be toxic and cause seizures in cats because of their unique metabolism and physiology.
Also, keep your cat away from dogs who have been treated with these more potent products until they have dried. Ask us first if you have any questions about products safe for your cat.