Pet Flea and Tick Control
Fleas and ticks can cause many medical problems, ranging from anemia due to blood loss from multiple bites, to severe skin problems on animals allergic to fleas, to the various illnesses transmitted by these vectors of disease. Because of their importance in causing these problems, fleas and ticks should be addressed when found on our companion animals.
Our climate provides an ideal environment for fleas. Ticks are a more sporadic problem, depending on the density of wooded areas, but are nevertheless very common in Pennsylvania. Generally, most dogs and cats will develop some degree of flea and tick infestation if preventive products are not employed.
Flea control has become incredibly easy compared to the past. Premise sprays, flea collars, flea shampoos, and the like are a thing of the past. There are very few cases in which they play any role in flea control. The newer flea control products consist primarily of topical products that provide rapid and effective killing of adult fleas and contain growth inhibitors to prevent reinfestation. An oral product that inhibits reinfestation is also available as a very short-acting tablet that kills adult fleas.
However, it is important to realize that there are many topical products on the market and only a few of them are truly effective at providing residual control of fleas. Most of the over-the-counter topical flea control products are nothing more than a topical form of the older pesticides that used to be present in flea shampoos and premise sprays.
While many animals can tolerate these pesticides quite well, some are more sensitive, and toxic reactions to these products are not uncommon. That is why most of the topical over-the-counter products are clearly labeled for use in older puppies only. The safer products that are distributed exclusively through veterinarians are labeled for puppies as young as seven weeks of age.
Furthermore, many over-the-counter flea control products are highly toxic to cats and are labeled as such. Despite such labeling, hundreds of cats are treated annually for severe toxic reactions to products labeled for use in dogs only. There have also been reported cases of cats becoming extremely ill by living in a house where a dog has been treated with one of these products.
Flea and Tick Control For Your Pet
We have carefully chosen several flea control products to stock for all of these reasons. These products were chosen based on their safety and reliability. Several factors go into deciding which specific product will provide the best flea control for a particular household. Please arrange an Appointment with us so we can help you decide which is best for your pet.