Flea and Tick Preventatives Available for Dogs and Cats in Derby, KS
Although no flea or tick "vaccine" exists, your Derby veterinarian offers effective flea and tick preventives that can keep your pet parasite free throughout the worst months for parasites-spring and summer.
Why is Parasite Control Important for Pets?
Ticks and fleas can make your precious pets sick and can quickly lead to an infestation in your home. Ticks can be dangerous for animals that spend a fair amount of time outdoors such as cats and dogs. Ticks are known to cause Lyme disease in pets and if left untreated your pet can develop kidney disease. In addition to Lyme disease, ticks can cause tick paralysis in pets. Tick paralysis is caused when a female tick attaches itself near the pet’s spinal cord causing muscle weakness and loss of coordination. Fleas are a common pest in cats and dogs. Their bite makes your pet itchy, and they develop red bumps that could lead to excessive scratching.
Oral Flea and Tick Preventives
Some flea preventives contain a safe and effective insect development inhibitor that stops fleas from maturing. However, they don't kill fleas and usually accompany administration of a flea adulticide (preventive that does kill adult fleas). Insect development inhibitors are available as once-a-month tablets. A few flea preventives also stop heartworm infection and treat roundworm, whipworm and hookworm infections.
Topical for Fleas and Ticks
Once-a-month topicals are usually applied as single drops to the back of an animal's neck in between their shoulder blades. Easy to use and long-lasting, FDA-regulated flea and tick topicals contain ingredients deadly to parasites, such as permethrin, imidacloprid, and fipronil. Permethrin paralyzes and kills insects almost immediately if they eat or touch the medication. However, cats should never be exposed to flea or tick preventives containing permethrin due to their heightened sensitivity to this insecticide.
Imidacloprid is a flea preventive that can be used on dogs and cats. Designed to mimic the effects of nicotine (which is toxic to most insects), imidacloprid has been FDA approved in the U.S. since the early 1990s.
Fipronil is found in topical pet flea products and is safe for use on both dogs and cats. Fleas and other insects eating or coming in contact with fipronil suffer immediate disruption of their nervous system similar to how permethrin affects insects.
Visit Your Local Veterinarian El Paso Animal Hospital in Derby, KS
Call El Paso Animal Hospital today at (316) 788-1000 to find out the many kinds of flea and tick preventives your veterinarian can provide to keep your pet healthy and parasite-free all year long.