Flea and Tick Season
What To Do About Those Pesky Fleas and Ticks…
Spring has finally arrived, and unfortunately that means flea and tick season is quickly approaching. Not only are fleas irritating to your pets, but some animals have an allergy to flea saliva when they are bit, leading to severe itching and skin wounds (flea allergy dermatitis). Ticks will attach to animals seeking a blood meal and can transmit several different diseases including Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, and Anaplasmosis. A mild form of these diseases can be treated successfully, but severe to life-threatening illness can occur in some cases.
What can you do to help protect your furry friends? There are many flea and tick preventatives available, including topical liquids (Frontline, Advantage/Advantix, EasySpot for cats, etc), collars, and now an oral chew called Bravecto. Bravecto is only available for dogs right now and offers protection against fleas and ticks for 12 weeks, where most other preventatives last 4 weeks. It is important to remember that not all products are equal in their effectiveness and value, so check with your veterinarian to see which products are recommended for your pets. Also, be sure to never confuse cat and dog products – cats can be very sensitive to ingredients present in the dog preventatives and can develop severe reactions.
Now that your furry friends are protected, bring on Spring and Summer!
By Dr. Megan Emma DVM