|The Critter Column
Veterinarian Hannah M. Smith, DVM provides clients with feedback on their questions.
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Kill Those Bugs
On Your Cats and Dogs
Flea and tick preventative is imperative for keeping you and your pets happy and healthy. Did you know that not only are fleas itchy and suck you and your pets’ blood but they also can transmit diseases (including Lyme Disease, Bartonella, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever) from animals to people?
Regular flea and tick preventative will keep you and your pets safe and comfortable as well as help relieve allergies, hot spots, skin infections, tapeworms, and Erlichia in your four-legged family members!
Fleas and ticks can survive all year although ticks are most prevalent in early spring and late fall.
While fleas and ticks are a nuisance, the good news is that they are easily controlled on your pets through the diligent use of flea and tick preventative year-round. The preventatives come in both topical and oral forms that last anywhere between 4 and 12 weeks. Make sure whichever product you and your veterinarian select is labeled for the appropriate species (cat or dog) and weight category to prevent dangerous side effects.
Enjoy this upcoming fall season and make it more enjoyable for your pets by keeping up to date on that flea and tick preventative!