Keeping your pet safe from fleas and ticks is an important part of being a responsible pet owner. Fortunately, there are various ways to protect your furry friend from these pesky parasites. In this post, we will explore the different methods of flea and tick prevention for pets so that you can make an informed decision about what is best for your furry friend.
While shopping for flea and tick prevention products, you will find over-the-counter and prescription products. Some are used in combination with other treatments or medications and come in oral medications, topical drops, special collars, shampoos, sprays, wipes and yard treatments. The frequency of use of these products ranges from daily to monthly or even longer.
We can help you choose the right product for you and your pet, depending on factors like lifestyle, needs and preferences. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) suggests that you consider the following when picking a preventative:
The type of parasites you want the product to protect your pet against
The frequency of using or applying the product
The length of time it takes for the product to take effect
Signs that the product is actually working
Steps to take should your pet show a reaction to the product
Other recommended products, if there are any
How to use or apply multiple products to your pet
The AVMA emphasizes the importance of taking a personalized approach to parasite protection for pets. Different products should be used depending on the age and breed of your pet, as some ingredients can be toxic to certain animals. It’s best to select a tailored solution to keep your furry friend safe and healthy.
If you’re looking to preemptively treat your pet against fleas, we can help you decide the ideal timeframe. As a general rule of thumb, it’s best practice to start treatment at the beginning of flea season. The duration of the flea season varies according to the climate. In cooler climates, it may last just a few months. In warmer regions, such as Texas, fleas persist throughout the year. No matter the location, fleas and ticks can survive all year indoors.
Ticks can transmit infectious diseases such as Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever. To prevent these dreaded diseases, it’s important to take preventive measures against fleas and ticks.
Do you want help making an informed decision on which flea and tick prevention method is right for your pet? Get in touch with our experts now at Vista Hills Animal Hospital in El Paso, Texas. Call us today at (915) 592-5867 for more information.