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Flea and Tick Preventative Q&A


Q: Should I keep my dog and cat on flea and tick preventative?

A: Yes, it is important to keep your furry friends on flea and tick preventative to keep fleas and ticks off your pets, because fleas can transmit different diseases to your pet and cause skin issues.


Q: How can my pets get fleas and ticks?

A: Both fleas and ticks can get on your pet if they spend a considerable amount of time outdoors. Fleas can also be obtained if your pet is around another pet with fleas or in an affected environment.


Q: What diseases or medical conditions can be caused by fleas and ticks?

A: If your pet is allergic, fleas can cause a condition called flea allergy dermatitis. This condition causes severe itching, often with hair loss and scaly skin. Fleas can also cause pets to have tapeworms. Ticks can transmit diseases such as Lyme Disease, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasma. These can cause various symptoms in your pet.


Q: What options do I have for flea and tick prevention in my pet?

A: When protecting your pet against fleas and ticks you have several options. Flea collars and shampoos have been commonly used by pet owners, but tend to not be as effective as other choices. Topical products work well because they can be applied to the skin and provide up to 30 days of protection. There are also oral chews that can be given to your pet, which can provide up to 3 months of protection.

Are you interested in finding out what the best flea and tick preventative to give for your cat or dog? Contact us today and we would be happy to help.

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