Ah. Flea and tick control. Its a hot topic. This year seems particularly plagued by fleas. We're going to discuss fleas and ticks, and talk about some of the preventions that we offer here at SVC.
Are you pets itching and scratching from fleas? Here is what you need to know. It is important to have all animals in the household on flea prevention EVERY MONTH. Fleas will feed on the unprotected pets and live happily alongside Fido. The flea life cycle is 3 months long- you must treat for 3 months in a row before you will have killed every egg, larva, pupa and adult in the house. Sometimes having a flea control product on all the pets is all it takes, but you may need to treat the environment. Usually a thorough vacuuming will do it- vacuum the couch, the Lazyboy, launder the drapes, the pet beds, blankets, anywhere fleas may be able to hide. Then take the vacuum bag straight to the outside trash. Get it out of your house before the creepy-crawlies could escape. Sometimes a pesticide treatment may be necessary for the house and the yard- hire a professional or be sure to follow the directions precisely for a do-it-yourself product.
What flea/tick preventions do we offer here at SVC?
Trifexis- This is an oral tablet for dogs that protects your pet from fleas, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and heartworms. Due to it being a heartworm prevention, your dog must have a heartworm test to start on this product. It lasts for 1 month.
Revolution- This is a topical product that you put on the back of your pets neck. It is alcohol based so it dries quickly and doesn't leave your pet with a greasy spot. It protects your dog from fleas, heartworms, ear mites, sarcoptic mange and the American Dog Tick. It protects your cat from fleas, heartworms, ear mites, roundworms and hookworms. Due to it being a heartworm prevention, your dog must have a heartworm test to start on this product. It lasts for 1 month.
Tritak- This is a topical product that you put on the back of your pets neck. It is oil based. It protects dogs and cats from fleas, lice, Deer ticks, American Dog ticks, Brown Dog ticks and Lonestar ticks. It lasts for 1 month.
Bravecto- This is an oral tablet for dogs. It is beefy smelling and most dogs take it like a treat. It protects dogs from fleas, Deer ticks, American Dog ticks and Brown Dog ticks for 3 months. It protects dogs from the Lonestar tick for 8 weeks. This product lasts 3 months, but can be given every 8 weeks if Lonestar ticks are prevalent.
Nexgard- This is an oral chew for dogs. It is also beefy smelling and most dogs take it as a treat. It protects dogs from fleas, Deer ticks, American Dog ticks and Lonestar ticks. It lasts 1 month.
Seresto- Seresto is a flea and tick collar for dogs and cats. Flea collars from the store do not work- this one does! Seresto protects dogs from fleas, lice, Deer ticks, American Dog ticks, Brown Dog ticks, and Lonestar ticks. Seresto protects cats from fleas, Deer ticks, American Dog ticks, Brown Dog ticks, and Lonestar ticks. It lasts 8 months. It is waterproof, but works through the oil glands on your pets, so bathing with an oil-stripping soap or shampoo (Like dish soap) will shorten the efficacy of the collar.
This is a short list of the flea/tick preventions on the market. We carry these products here at SVC because we feel that they work and are safe for your pet. You can stop in and buy any product without an appointment. Please keep in mind that the products for heartworms require an up-to-date heartworm test. Also- be aware that there are 'generic' products on the market and similarly packaged products that are NOT the same. We recommend buying only from a veterinarian- after all, it is our initiative to keep your pets safe and healthy!