Flea and tick season is back with a vengeance. No matter what part of the country in which you live, you will most certainly fight these pests if you have pets. With more than 2,000 various kinds of fleas identified, it pays to have protection. Many only treat their animals after they are biting and digging at their fur. However, flea infestations can cause your pet distress on top of severe health problems. Preventative maintenance is the best option to ensure your pet is healthy and pest free.

Be wary of getting “generic” products off the internet. Many flea and tick preventatives are manufactured in other countries and have added chemicals that can be harmful to your animals. You should always have a proper evaluation by a veterinarian and use the recommended medication for their weight. There are sprays, powders, and collars on the market, but here are the best treatments the veterinarian recommends to keep your animal safe and protected.

Treat Your Yard for Fleas and Tics

It does little to treat your pets if you do not treat your yard. When you walk outside, fleas and ticks can latch onto your body, and you bring them into the home. They also love to gravitate to the warm body of a dog or cat. By using special treatments for the yard, you can reduce the number of fleas and ticks in your area, which ultimately reduces your risk of an infestation. Diatomaceous earth is a great product that is not harmful to pets or children, and it is relatively cost-effective.

Topical Flea Treatments

Topical products are popular because they are easy-to-apply, and they work quickly. These medications are not affected by water, and they start to work in minutes. These treatments are available over-the-counter and do not require a prescription. However, they have been around for a long time and many experts say that fleas have become immune to them. Topical options do not work for everyone.

Oral Treatments

Your veterinarian will agree that oral medications are the best when it comes to full coverage protection. There are no chemicals for humans to encounter, and most require that you give a pill once a month. These medications are based on weight, and the appropriate dosage is calculated for your pet. The most common on the market are Comfortis, Bravecto, Nexguard, Sentury, and Capstar. Though Capstar is now available over-the-counter, it’s still a great medication to help quickly rid an infestation and bring relief.

Flea Collars

Flea collars from the local hardware store are hit or miss. Many products appear to be potential good solutions, but all will still have mixed reviews. Though they all seem like a popular options today, your veterinarian would agree that they don’t give full body protection and can irritate the skin. There are very few pets that can use a flea collar alone for appropriate coverage.

Many of these medications cannot be mixed. For instance, if you put a flea collar on your pet, you cannot give them another treatment for a period of time. Giving too many types of treatments in a short span can be harmful. Because of the serious nature of fleas and ticks, it’s important to see your local veterinarian. Your pet’s health is worth the extra time and money, so make sure you do their preventative maintenance right.

The entire team of professionals at Eastside Animal Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of life and health of your pet. Dr. Spears and her medical staff provide our clients and their pets the most knowledgeable, informed, and compassionate veterinary care available today. We specialize in wellness and preventative care for both dogs and cats. Eastside Animal Hospital is located in Muskogee, Oklahoma and serves the surrounding communities.

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The content contained on the Eastside Animal Hospital blog is provided for general information purposes only and does not constitute professional advice on any subject matter. Always consult with your veterinarian when making choices about your pet’s health.