Pets & Ticks – Dr. Butch Schroyer, Animal Care Clinic

MAY FIND A TICK ON YOUR DOG — ESPECIALLY IF IT SPENDS MUCH TIME OUTDOORS. DR. BUTCH SCHROYER WITH THE ANIMAL CARE CLINIC IS HERE TO TALK ABOUT HOW TO PREVENT TICKS — AND WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND THEM. THANKS FOR COMING IN. How can people protect their pets — and themselves — from ticks? What should you do if you find a tick on your pet? Talk about some of the diseases ticks carry. ————————- ————————- ——— Flea and Tick Prevention and Treatment Options It’s easy to keep your pet and your home safe from pesky fleas, ticks and mosquitoes with a little information, and we’ve got a lot. With all the flea and tick prevention and treatment options out there, it can be difficult to know what you need. With various medications like Nexgard and Revolution for dogs, it can be tough to decide what is best for your pet. Keeping your pets, family and home safe from fleas and ticks is best achieved through preventative measures and consistency. Be proactive with the tips below and consult your veterinarian about the best methods of treatment for your pet when in doubt. Prevention is the best method of controlling fleas and ticks, but if your pets get either fleas or ticks, consider both your home and pets infested and work swiftly to avoid a larger problem. If any of your pets have had fleas or ticks, there can be more of them in your home. FLEA AND TICK CONTROL TYPES Spot-on treatments, sprays , and oral medications are the most common and effective means of flea and tick prevention and treatment. Some prevent, others treat, some do both, read on to learn more about your options. Keep in mind that most of these products are not recommended for dogs and cats under 6 weeks of age.SPOT- ON TREATMENTS Spot-on treatments like Frontline Plus and K9 Advantix are the most popular for good reason–they work. They are sold in monthly doses and you apply the liquid in each dose to the skin on your pet’s back once a month. They’re relatively inexpensive, generally have no side effects, apply easily, prevent fleas and ticks from hosting on your pet, and kill them when they try. There are some differences among popular spot-on treatments to consider before choosing the best option for you and your pet. SPRAYS Sprays are another useful product for flea and tick prevention and treatment. Sprays kill fleas and ticks on contact. While alcohol-based sprays are usually highly effective, they can have unwanted side effects in certain pets . Certain sprays can be used alongside topical medications, or applied between dipping, while others function over an extended period of time, working to keep eggs from hatching. Always read the package information for instructions on use and any possible interactions with other flea and tick products and medications.ORAL FLEA AND TICK CONTROL Oral medications are useful in that they provide protection for your dog’s entire

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