Even if your pet lives indoors, he or she could still be exposed to fleas and ticks!
Fleas and ticks live in the environment all around us. Even pets that live indoors can become exposed when the parasites are carried in unknowingly on their owners clothing or on another pet. Consistent application of flea and tick prevention can spare you and your pet a headache!
Fleas are one of the most common problems pet owners face, largely because they are so difficult to get rid of. A single female flea is capable of laying as many as 50 eggs in a single day, and can live (and breed!) on your pet for up to 100 days. That means that in that time, one female flea can lay as many as 5,000 eggs! These eggs can be transferred to the secondary environment when your pet lays on the carpet, or curls up in your bed. The eggs can lay dormant for up to 8 months before hatching. This usually means that, once an infestation has begun, exterminating the generations of fleas can be a game of ???????catch-up???????, which is time consuming, expensive and a hassle.
Besides causing pain and discomfort to your pets, fleas and ticks can potentially be carriers of a number of different zoonotic diseases, which are transmittable to humans.
Did you know that fleas are the beginning of a heartworm infection? Fleas can harbor heartworm larvae inside their bodies, which they contract from an infected animal????????s bloodstream. When dogs and cats are bothered by fleas, they often bite and scratch at the aggravated sites. Ingesting the fleas carrying the heartworm larvae then infects the host pet with the heartworm as well.
Signs that your pet may have fleas include scratching, red and irritated skin, visible fleas or ???????tiny black dots???????? (known as ???????flea dirt???????this is actually the fleas???????? droppings).
Thankfully, your veterinarian can prescribe one of several different kinds of flea and tick prevention. When used regularly, these products effectively block against these bothersome parasites.
We have several of these products here at the clinic available for you to discuss with your doctor:
SimpleGuard - SimpleGuard is a topical medication that both repels and kills fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. SimpleGuard must be applied once a month, and is applied in a stripe along the back running from the base of the tail to the nape of the neck - and begins working within 2 hours of application. SimpleGuard is available for dogs and cats.
AcuGuard - AcuGuard is an orally administered chewable tablet which kills and protects against fleas. Active within 30 minutes of application, AcuGuard must be administered monthly and is available for dogs and cats.
Paradyne - Paradyne is a topical medication that kills and prevents fleas, as well as protects against heartworms, hookworms, roundworms and ear mites. Paradyne must be applied monthly, and is available for all cats, and puppies under 5 pounds.
ComboGuard - ComboGuard is an orally administered chewable, given monthly, which kills and protects against fleas, as well as prevents heartworms, hookworms, roundworms and whipworms. ComboGuard is available only for dogs.
Bravecto - Bravecto is an orally administered tablet, given once every three months. It provides protection against fleas and ticks, and is available only for dogs.
Fontline Plus - Frontline Plus is a topical medication that kills and prevents fleas and ticks. It is available only for dogs.
Together, you and your veterinarian can choose the right prevention for your pet to keep them happy and flea-free!
For more information on our Heartworm and Internal Parasite Prevention options, please visit our page on Parasite Control.