If you're not already using a flea and tick preventative, it's time to start! We now recommend monthly use all year round. Also be sure to ask us about our simple, safe, and effective "all-in-one" options like Simparica Trio for dogs and Revolution Plus for cats.
Unfortunately, we have had warmer winters and the tick problem in the area is increasing. We now regularly see pets affected by tick-borne disease and Lyme disease is gaining a foothold here. This is especially concerning because there is no cure for Lyme disease and it can be fatal. You should also be aware that fleas and ticks can transmit disease to humans. One of the best ways to protect people and pets is to use a monthly flea and tick preventative all year round.
For dogs, we recommend NexGard (oral chewable tablet) or Frontline Gold (topical). For cats, we recommend Frontline Gold (topical). There are also great combination products that protect against fleas and ticks as well as some internal parasites. Examples include Simparica Trio and Revolution for dogs and Revolution Plus for cats. If you have questions regarding which product to use for your pet, please ask. With so many choices available there are great options, but not all are equal. We can help you create a simple but effective parasite prevention plan.
To learn more about fleas, ticks, and other external parasites, you may want to read our pet education article. Remember, you and your pet DO NOT have to live with these disgusting, disease-carrying creepy crawlies!