Flea and Tick Preventatives
The snow has melted (finally!) & spring fever has hit. May is Lyme Disease Prevention month. But that is not the only critter outside ready to hitch a ride on your pet. Fleas & numerous other types of ticks are out in full force. The parasites will remain out until as late as November, if not year round for some of us living outside city limits or planning to hunt with our dog this fall.
It is strongly recommended to acquire the flea/tick preventatives from your veterinary clinic. Your veterinarian works closely with you to insure Fido’s & Fluffy’s needs & medical history are all taken into account. While you can find numerous brands and types of preventatives being offered outside of the veterinary clinic, keep in mind some important factors. Use of flea/tick preventatives purchased from your veterinary clinic insures that the product is exactly what it claims to be, transported & stored appropriately, and not expired. These assurances can be followed through product number codes specific to each veterinary clinic.
With the popularity of on-line sites to order products, and pet stores carrying more brands, we are finding an increase in problematic sales. This can include product that was not transported or stored appropriately, therefore compromising the effectiveness. Some labeled as a certain product but are instead a placebo with no actual medication in the product! Then there are the generic or off brand labels that have a higher risk of side effects in the pet, ranging from intense itching &/or ulceration & hair loss at application site, vomit, diarrhea, lethargy, & even seizures. Another benefit to purchasing the product from your veterinarian is for product support. In the rare chance of a flea/tick infection while on a name-brand product, the specific product code can be determined & in some cases a medical reimbursement for any needed treatment.
So remember, before going out to enjoy that sunshine, stop in at your veterinary clinic to say hello & pick up the flea/tick preventative!
Kelly Parsons, DVM