In warmer months of the year, cats and dogs are susceptible to parasites. Fleas, ticks, and mosquito-transmitted heartworm disease can cause many problems for pets. In our area winter and early spring temperatures can be mild, therefore year-round prevention is recommended. To prevent parasite infestations, contact Village Veterinary Clinic in Burke to meet with our veterinarians. Our practitioners offer several treatment options for flea and tick control in the form of shampoos, sprays, flea collars and monthly preventives which are either topical or oral. We also provide and recommend year-round prevention of heartworm disease and intestinal parasites. Here are some popular treatments to consider.
Many people use topical solutions to stop fleas and ticks from irritating their pets. The medication is placed between the pet’s shoulder blades, from where it will seep into the pet’s body to kill fleas and ticks within hours. Our practice carries Frontline Gold for dogs. For cats we recommend Revolution Plus, a broad spectrum product that helps protect against fleas, ticks, ear mites, roundworms, hookworms and heartworms.
If your pet is allergic to topical solutions, they may fare better with a collar made especially for flea and tick prevention. We prefer and recommend the Seresto collar, which has proven to be safe and effective for up to 8 months. If your pet spends a lot of time outside, a collar that works around-the-clock at keeping pests off of the body is beneficial.
A flea and tick chewable pill can be given to dogs as an alternative to topical solutions to keep parasites at bay. As with the topical preventives, the pills need to be administered once monthly for continuous protection. Heartworm medication is also typically in the form of a tasty, chewable tablet given once monthly. We carry Heartgard Plus and Interceptor Plus, both of which help protect against heartworm disease and several types of intestinal parasites. We also recommend Simparica TRIO which combines heartworm, intestinal parasite, and flea and tick control in one chewable tablet that is administered once monthly. A negative heartworm test is required before heartworm medication can be dispensed and administered.
Shampoo and Sprays
Flea and tick shampoos can be used when you need to kill fleas quickly. It’s important to allow 10-15 minutes of contact time with the shampoo before rinsing. It’s a good idea to comb dead fleas from your pet and thoroughly inspect your pet for any live fleas that may have survived the bath. Keep in mind that once the shampoo is rinsed off it does not provide any residue flea and tick control, therefore we recommend supplementing bathing with other forms of flea and tick control. It’s best to wait several days before or after bathing your pet before administering the other medications. Our veterinarians will make recommendations depending on the products being used. Topical sprays work similarly to shampoos as they can kill fleas and ticks quickly but provide little to no residual protection. Household premise sprays and foggers are effective in treating infestations in the home.
Flea and Tick Prevention in Burke
If your pet has a flea or tick problem, contact Village Veterinary Clinic in Burke to find out what type of heartworm, flea, or tick treatment is best suited for your pet. For more information on parasite prevention or to schedule an appointment, call us at 703-978-8655.