What Pet Owners Should Know about Parasite Prevention and Control
By taking measures to protect your pet from parasites, you can safeguard his health. At Augusta Animal Clinic, we can recommend tick prevention and flea treatment options to keep your pet safe from these pests. Parasite prevention and control is an important aspect of your pet’s Indianapolis veterinary care.
Importance of Flea Treatment and Tick Prevention
Fleas and ticks are not just bothersome, they can actually harm your pet. Flea bites can trigger allergic skin reactions that can lead to intense itching, fur loss and skin infections. If your dog or cat swallows a flea accidentally while biting or chewing on his skin, he could be infested with a tapeworm. Tapeworms attack the intestinal tract, robbing your pet of nutrients he needs for good health.
Ticks are well known for transmitting diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Lyme disease can cause inflammation of the joints and arthritis in dogs which could lead to lameness or paralysis.
Preventative Measures and Treatments
Spot-on treatments (ointments), sprays and oral medicines are the products most recommended for flea and tick control. You can experiment with different products and brands to see what works best for your pet. Most of these products are for animals over 6 weeks of age. Ask your Indianapolis veterinary specialist for input on parasite protection products for younger pets.
Spot-On (Ointment) Treatments
Spot-on treatments can be purchased monthly and applied to your pet’s skin. These treatments are safe, reasonably priced and easy to apply, making them a favorite among pet owners and vets alike. Most importantly, they work to protect your pet from fleas and ticks.
Sprays kill ticks and fleas on contact and prevent eggs from hatching on your pet’s skin to stop the infestation from spreading. If you use an alcohol based spray, be forewarned that it could cause side effects. Be sure to follow instructions on the package implicitly to avoid complications for your pet.
Oral medications are convenient, as one dose protects your pet’s entire body without having to spray or apply an ointment. You can obtain tick prevention medications to protect your pets from ticks and flea treatment medications to protect him from fleas. Follow the directions to get the most effective results.
How Your Vet Can Help
Your vet can provide valuable insight into what products would be best for your pet, taking into consideration his health, age, and lifestyle. He or she will also advise you on where and how you can obtain these products. Working with a professional vet will make it easier to protect your pet.
See Your Vet
For help with flea and tick protection, call Augusta Animal Clinic at (317) 291-4553 today.