Flea prevention begins with us.
Fleas are gross and they carry different diseases. They will carry tapeworms, hemobartonella (a blood parasite), plague and other diseases to your pet and into your home. We didn’t even mention the diseases ticks can carry. Ticks carry Lyme disease, viruses and can leave your pet anemic and tired. So how do we prevent them from coming into our nice warm house to feast upon us and our pets at PAH?
So what do we do?!?! We prevent because an infestation means at least 3 months of treatment to break up the life cycle and treating for the secondary diseases that come with them. This can become expensive and tiresome. Especially if you get this infestation every year as soon as spring arrives.
We recommend the treatment and prevention of fleas/ ticks by the use of various products. The ones that we love and use here at PAH (Prairie Animal Hospital) are Bravecto, Revolution, and Trifexis. Why do we like them? Because they have been proven to work and work quickly. They are great with prevention and with treatment. They do double and sometimes triple duty. Which means they do at least 2-3 things that we love and keep your pet healthy.
*Direct from the Bravecto website
* REVOLUTION® (selamectin) protects dogs against a variety of common internal and external parasites. REVOLUTION is the first FDA-approved, topically applied medication for dogs 6 weeks and older that prevents heartworm disease, kills adult fleas, prevents flea eggs from hatching, prevents and controls flea infestations, treats and controls ear mites, treats and controls sarcoptic mange, and controls American dog tick infestations
* REVOLUTION protects cats against fleas (Ctenocephalides felis), heartworms (Dirofilaria immitis), roundworms (Toxocara cati), hookworms (Ancylostoma tubaeforme) and ear mites (Otodectes cynotis).
*Direct from the Revolution website
Be careful with cats!!!! There are a lot of products out there that say all natural flea prevention but you can’t use it on cats. Sometimes (not all the time) it is labeled as “Do not use on cats”. Unfortunately, it should be labeled “This product Kills cats”. If Permethrin gets on your kitty there is a 40% chance that they will die. Instead of getting your flea prevention online (from China where it might be counterfeit) or from the high school kid at a national box store. Ask us what flea prevention you should use with your cat.
Signs of Permethrin Toxicity in your cat:
- Muscle tremors
- Dilated Pupils
If you see any of these signs after applying flea prevention please let us know. It IS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY and your cat should be treated right away.