Asheville Flea and Tick Treatment
They’re creepy, they’re crawly, and they can carry diseases. Fleas and ticks are not just a nuisance; they pose animal and human health risks. They suck your pet’s blood, they suck human blood, and they can transmit diseases. Some of the diseases that fleas and ticks can transmit from animals to humans (zoonotic diseases) include plague, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Bartonellosis, and others. That’s why it’s critical to protect your pets from these pesky parasites and keep the creepy-crawlies out of your home. Visit the Pet Vet on Patton for Asheville Flea and Tick Treatment.
Fortunately, there are many effective flea and tick preventives on the market to help control the pests and prevent the spread of zoonotic diseases. Knowing what kind of product to use, and how to use it, is critical to the health and safety of your pet. Many are spot-on (topical) products applied directly to your pet’s skin. Others are given orally (by mouth). Although medicines and pesticides must meet U.S. government-required safety standards, it is critical that pet owners carefully consider their flea and tick preventive options (and closely read the label) before they treat their pets with one of these products.
Ask one of our Pet Vet on Patton specialists.
Consult your veterinarian about your options and what’s best for your pet. Some questions you can ask include these:
- What parasites does this product protect against?
- How often should I use the product?
- How long will it take for the product to work?
- If I see a flea or tick, does that mean it’s not working?
- What should I do if my pet has a reaction to the product?
- Is there a need for more than one product?
- How would I use multiple products on my pet?
Parasite protection is not one-size-fits-all. Certain factors affect the type and dose of the product, including the age, species, breed, lifestyle, and health status of your pet, as well as any medications your pet is receiving. Caution is advised when considering flea/tick treatment of very young and very old pets. Use a flea comb on puppies and kittens too young for flea/tick products. Be aware that some products can harm very old pets. Some breeds are sensitive to certain ingredients that can make them extremely ill. Flea and tick preventives and some medications can interfere with each other, resulting in unwanted side effects, toxicities, or ineffective doses; it’s important that your veterinarian is aware of all your pet’s medications when considering the optimal flea and tick preventive for your pet.