WCVS Flea and Tick Prevention 2016

By:  Dr. Hilary Slaven

 

Spring is here!  We are seeing ticks and fleas already in the clinic.  If you want to avoid problems, now is the time to prevent them!  If you already have a problem, now is the time to get rid of those pests.

Ticks, as you remember, are the agents that spread Lyme disease.  We see cases of this disease regularly in our patients.  (If you want a recap on this disease, check out our previous blog here).  Ticks also spread other diseases such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Ehrlichiosis, which can be chronic.

Fleas are not just a nuisance to get rid of (they start reproducing on your pet and then lay eggs that get into your carpet and floorboards!), but they carry disease too.  (Check out our previous conversation about this topic in The Fight Against Fleas).

Let’s review the products that we are keeping available for purchase in the clinic this year for your furry friends.

Fleas and Ticks for Dogs:

  • Bravecto.  12 month protection for fleas/ticks in one chewable tablet.  us.bravovets.com
  • Nexgard.  1 month protection for fleas/ticks in one chewable tablet.  www.nexgard.com
  • Simparica.  1 month protection for fleas/ticks in one chewable tablet.  www.simparica.com
  • Seresto Collar.  8 month protection for fleas/ticks in one collar.  www.seresto.com
  • Effitix.  1 month topical protection for fleas/ticks.  Apply to the skin monthly.  For dogs ONLY.  www.virbac.com

 

Fleas and Ticks for Cats:

  • Revolution.  1 month topical protection for fleas/ticks/heartworms/intestinal parasites/ear mites.  Apply to the skin monthly.  www.zoetisus.com
  • Easy Spot.  1 month topical protection for fleas/ticks/chewing lice.  Apply to skin monthly.  www.drugs.com/vet
  • Cheristin.  1 month topical protection for fleas.  Apply to skin monthly.  www.cheristin4cats.com
  • Seresto Collar.  8 month protection for fleas/ticks in one collar.  www.seresto.com

 

Fleas only:

Comfortis.  1 month flea protection in chewable tablet form.  For both dogs and cats.  www.comfortis.com

Trifexis.  For dogs only.  1 month flea/heartworm/intestinal parasite protection in chewable tablet form.  www.trifexis.com

Remember that prevention is definitely the best.  Get your furry friend protected before these bad guys get onto our furry friends.  Please call for help in finding the right product for you and for your loved one.  Our clinic phone numbers and locations can be found here:  www.westcentralvet.com.

 

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