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Flea and Tick Information
We are so pleased to offer a new oral tick/flea preventative for dogs, Bravecto. It is a palatable treat that will cause ticks and fleas to drop off the dog within four hours. Best of all, this product works for three months, so only four doses will protect the dog for the entire year. No worries about the topical rubbing off on the children or the cat, or rinsing off in the rain or in the pool, or wearing off before the next dose is applied. Also as an oral approach, there is not the discomfort of applying the topical to dog which many just dislike. It works through an enzyme unique to insects, and it comes to us from Merck. It is offered in individual dose packs, and soon will be offered in a two dose pack for a discount. Please come in for an informative brochure and a coupon. The Bravecto can and does play a major role in Lyme prevention. For kitties, the flea/tick approach will need to be customized to the needs of the patient and the family. Most tick products used for dogs are toxic to cats, so tick control for them is really limited to fipronil (Frontline or a generic) applied topically monthly, or Seresto, a collar that they can wear for at least three months. Because cats are resistant to Lyme disease and fastidious groomers, ticks are in general less of a problem for them. Flea control becomes more important for our feline friends, especially those that live in multi-cat households or that go out freely. There are an array of options here. Fipronil products (Frontline) have become less effective over time for fleas. There are other topicals that are more effective and the quickest way to get rid of them. We carry Activyl which works quite well, and is applied monthly for at least three months in a row. For kitties where topical application is not an option, We also carry Revolution, which is a broader range topical that can also handle ear mites and roundworms. Confortis is an oral medication given once/month in the food that can control fleas effectively with no handling or discomfort to the kitty whatsoever. We can help you obtain this product through our on line store. For very young animals, especially kittens, flea control is best achieved by dunking the patient in a warm water bath while supporting the head for a prolonged period, at least five and preferably ten minutes. Bathing with Dawn dish detergent is helpful, as well as combing with a fine-toothed flea comb diligently and drowning the captured fleas in a dish of warm water can be very nontoxic and helpful approaches. We do carry VetriRepel, essential oil wipes to apply to the young or fragile patient to prevent fleas and ticks after a bath or before a walk in the woods or on a trail as well. Please let us guide you on the right products to use as there are just an amazing array of products available, and so many are ineffective or toxic. The best interest of your pet and your family are our primary concern.
Ticks Can Be Identified By Their 8 Legs and Slow Movement. If a Tick has bitten your animal it may swell up to about the size of a fingernail. These enlarged ticks will have a Grey or Brownish Tint to them and will look like a small stone. Fleas Are smaller than ticks and are most often identified by what they leave behind: pepper like droppings in the fur coat epically by the tail base or around the back of the neck area. Discuss with us your needs and we will customize a plan for you to be rid of the unwanted guests.