Flea, Tick and Heartworm Help
Warm weather is the time of year during when your cat and dog is most at risk for heartworm disease. Heartworm disease is contracted when your pet is bitten by a carrying mosquito.
Dog owners should make sure their pets have a yearly heartworm test (FACE offers these tests for just $25 at our Vaccine and Medical Clinics), and that both their cats and dogs are on heartworm preventative.
Fleas love water and rainy weather but can also thrive in dry climates, too. People believe that only pets are responsible for bring fleas inside. But, when populations are high they can be easily brought in on shoes, socks, pant legs, etc.
There are a lot of over-the-counter flea control products. Individually, they can be cheaper than items seen at a veterinarian clinic. But, they are often not as effective, and will likely take more products to get a result. It’s important to keep in mind that over-application of store-bought flea and tick products is dangerous to your dog, cat and human children.
Tips for getting rid of fleas
Apply flea preventative to all the dogs and cats in the household.
Vacuum the house daily or twice daily and remove the vacuum bag or dump the canister outside, down the street or to a nearby dumpster.
Topical Flea/Tick Treatment Overdosing/Allergic Reaction:
If you have overdosed your dog or cat with flea and/or tick prevention, or if your dog/cat seems to be experiencing an allergic reaction to the topical treatment, wash them, head-to-toe as soon as possible with Dawn dish soap. Do not reapply any topical treatment for 1-2 weeks.
Signs of an allergic reaction to the topical application include excessive panting, pupil dilation, seizures, hiding, and hair loss at the application site.
Summer = Allergies:
Allergies don’t just affect humans. Cats and dogs can suffer from miserable symptoms as well. If your dog or cat experiences hair loss or is scratching/chewing excessively, please contact us for for diagnosis and treatment.