Safe & Effective Flea & Tick Treatment Recommendations for Your Special Pet
In a climate that supports a year-round risk for fleas and ticks, preventive care is so important. The professionals at Summertree Animal & Bird Clinic offer a variety of preventives for these external parasites. With proper prevention, you may never need to treat your pet for an infestation.
Fleas and ticks cause many problems in pets, most commonly skin irritation and allergic dermatitis. These pests carry more serious illnesses as well, from internal parasites such as tapeworms to a variety of diseases. Both fleas and ticks transmit diseases causing anemia, weight loss, and poor appetite. Flea bites may even carry typhus, a disease that can be transmitted to you and your family.
Treatment for Flea & Tick Infestation
Unfortunately, fleas reproduce at an extremely rapid rate. Once a pet is infected, these prolific pests can take over your home and are quite difficult to eradicate.
Ticks do not breed in your home but a single bite can carry serious disease. A tick bite can cause anemia, skin damage, irritation, and hypersensitivity. Some common diseases transmitted by tick bites are Lyme disease, tick-borne fever, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. If untreated, these diseases can cause severe health problems and can be fatal.
Individualized Flea Control Programs
At Summertree, we develop programs for the specific needs of your pet and your own particular environmental situation. We will review with you the best ways to control fleas in your house, in your yard, and on your pet.
If your pet has fleas, you may be tempted to try an old-fashioned flea dip. Unfortunately, these dips can be highly toxic with severe side effects, including vomiting, fever, seizures, coma, and possibly death.
We now have much better methods for controlling fleas and ticks. Instead of dipping your dog or cat, you can easily apply a topical product to your pet’s skin that will kill fleas and prevent adults from laying eggs. Our veterinarians can suggest safe, effective products for the specific needs of your pet.
We use and recommend Advantage Multi as a monthly comprehensive heartworm and flea preventative. For helpful product information, please visit the Advantage website.