Flea and Tick Prevention

flea and tick prevention - fairgorunds animal hospitalSummer is here, and that means the bugs are more prevalent than any other time of the year. Fleas and ticks can latch on to your pet if they are out hiking and camping with you, if they come into contact with another animal that has fleas or ticks, and even if they just go outside a couple times a day to potty in the yard! Fortunately, flea and tick infestation can be prevented with a simple monthly chew or a packet of liquid that is placed on the skin behind the collar, just once per month. The products we trust are Nexguard chewable and Frontline topical. It is true that useless, potentially toxic flea collars and untrustworthy preventatives can be found in the store, but they are not safe or effective—don’t be deceived! With a quick visit to the vet you can set your pet up for the whole summer!

    Why prevent fleas and ticks from latching onto your dog or cat? Besides the discomfort and yuck factor of flea and tick infestation on your furry family member, fleas and ticks can transmit serious diseases through their bites, like Lyme disease and Erlichiosis! There is also a risk of transmission of some of these diseases for you and your family if you are bitten by any of the buggers that rode in on your pet. Prevention is far less costly and simple than treatment of these serious flea and tick transmitted diseases.

    Here are some tips for preventing the spread of disease from these parasites all summer long: make sure to give a safe, proven preventative once per month, remember to check your pet’s fur, folds, ears, and in between the toes for ticks if you go out in the grass, brush, or woods, and keep your pet away from potentially infected wildlife. Even though Nevada is a drier state, we still see fleas and ticks regularly in pets at our clinic—they are lurking out there waiting for a tasty blood meal. So be informed, be aware, and be proactive to avoid the risk for your pets and your family!