Our prescription flea and tick treatments won’t give the bugs a chance

Health risks

Fleas and ticks are unpleasant for your pet, can be a major nuisance in your home, and pose a health risk to children. Thanks to a range of effective flea prevention treatments there’s no need to let them into your life at all.

As with worms, by the time you spot the signs of a flea infestation it’s likely to be well advanced. Instead we strongly recommend you use a flea and tick treatment once a month and prevent any problems building up.

Pets which suffer from fleas and ticks don’t only have to deal with itching and discomfort. Severe cases in smaller animals can result in excessive blood loss and anaemia. Some animals have an allergic reaction because of Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD) which means they can lose their fur in places, break out in red scabs and suffer from intense itching. Fleas can also carry tapeworm, another health risk to your pet and your family.

The biggest threat posed by ticks is the transmission of disease. They are known to carry Lyme disease which chiefly affects humans and dogs, although cats can also be infected. In dogs, Lyme disease causes lameness as a result of acute arthritis and muscle pain.

Treatment

tick_on_grassOur preferred treatment effectively deals with fleas, ticks and biting lice on both dogs and cats. It’s great because as well as killing any fleas and ticks present it also has a hormone in it to prevent any larva developing into fleas, and it offers on-going protection. It’s easily applied to the skin at the back of your pet’s neck.

Some treatments are determined by the pet’s age or weight.   We’re happy to help you work out which treatment will be best for your pet and show you how to apply it most effectively. Give us a call on 01228 541999 and arrange to drop in.

Rabbits

Rabbits have their own range of treatments. Protecting rabbits from fleas and flies is just as crucial as for larger pets, especially since an outbreak can do so much to harm a rabbit’s overall health. Fly repellent sprays and liquid drops are available, plus we strongly recommend a sponge application called Rear Guard to protect rabbits from fly strike. This is what happens if a fly lays eggs on a rabbit’s skin and they hatch into maggots, usually caused by a rabbit having urine or faeces stuck in its fur.

Ineffective alternatives

You will notice flea treatments on sale in the supermarkets. While these are cheaper, in our experience they are also ineffective. The supermarkets don’t have the necessary licensing to sell the stronger treatments we do on prescription. The danger is that you leave your pet poorly protected and end up having to use more expensive treatments after a flea infestation has managed to develop. We have our own cost saving options thanks to our Pet Health Scheme  which mean you won’t have to compromise on the quality of your pet’s treatment.

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