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Orwigsburg vet, veterinarian in Orwigsburg,

Brunswick Veterinary Hospital


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Flea And Tick Prevention

Flea and Tick Prevention

Fleas and ticks can cause discomfort, itchiness, allergic reactions, and can carry more serious diseases with them. The chance that your pet may get fleas or ticks depends on where you live and the environment around you. Fleas thrive in warmer weather, but may go dormant during the winter in colder areas. Ticks tend to live in wooded areas or areas with high grass. You should keep your pet away from areas like this, but if they do go exploring, you should check them for ticks and fleas after.  The last two years have been very problematic with large flea populations.  Even indoor cats can obtain fleas as they can hitchhike on unsuspecting humans.

Ticks and fleas also pose a threat because it is not just your pet that they can affect. They can reproduce and affect humans as well. If you notice small bites, especially around your ankles, you might have fleas in your house. Fleas and ticks can be eliminated with medications from your veterinarian and environmental treatment. It is important to clean your house, especially areas where you pet frequently lounges, if they have fleas.  As with most diseases, prevention is the greatest defense against ticks and fleas.  We currently recommend  Revolution Plus for cats, a safe monthly spot on for flea and tick control.   In addition to flea control, Revolution also treats ear mites and mange, while also preventing heartworm disease and treating intestinal parasites (rounds and hookworms).  Revolution is also great for dogs, but it takes 2-3 days to kill ticks.   It's very low volume, safe and so easy- and it does so much!  All this for a reasonable price.  We have found that many of the over the counter products can be dangerous and not very effective.  We are now offering Simparica, a once monthly oral flea and tick product that impairs fleas and ticks within hours and lasts for 35 days!!!  Simparica guarantees to prevent Lyme disease in dogs due to its quick tick kill.  Simparica is very safe- we have dispensed over 6000 doses with no 
significant side effects.

The greatest threat fleas and ticks pose is that they can be carriers for dangerous diseases. Ticks are a main carrier of Lyme disease and Anaplasmosis, something that can affect both your pet and you. Fleas carry parasites as well like tapeworms, so it is important to protect your pet against them. If you currently don't have your pet on any flea and tick medication, come see us soon!