Flea & Tick Prevention

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Warming Weather May Bring Pesky Parasites

flea-crop2With an ability to jump 12-18 inches from a standstill, the common cat flea is one of the hardiest pests that our dogs and cats will encounter. An appetite for blood, an uncanny ability to reproduce, and a short life cycle make this parasite difficult to control or eradicate. What’s worse, the fleas can carry diseases that can affect our pets and us.

Once adult fleas attack your pet, you can expect to have flea eggs in the environment within about 36 hours. These small oblong eggs will fall off of the pet into the carpet, bedding, or yard and actually hatch into larval forms of the flea within 1-10 days. The larval forms will spend time munching on organic debris, such as dead skin cells and flea dirt. The larvae then form cocoons from materials it finds in the environment. The adult fleas can actually hatch out of the cocoon within 1 second when stimulated by light, movement, or heat. Given optimal conditions of humidity and temperature, this flea life cycle can be completed in as little as 12 days.

Besides their ability to reproduce quickly, fleas also can reproduce in almost unimaginable numbers. A single female flea has the ability to lay about 2000 eggs during her short 100 day lifetime and a group of 25 female fleas can swell to thousands in just 30 short days.dog-scratching

Severe infestations of fleas can actually cause young kittens or puppies and older pets to become anemic from blood loss. Blood parasites, as well as intestinal parasites, such as tapeworms, are commonly spread through fleas. More serious infectious diseases of humans, such as bubonic plague and cat scratch disease are also connected with these tiny pests.

 

Controlling Ticks

tickMost people would be happy to live out their lives never having to see a tick. These eight legged parasites invoke almost as strong of a negative reaction as spiders do. However, dog owners especially need to be aware of the potential for their pet to acquire ticks and the possibility of their dog contracting a serious tick-borne disease. As vectors of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, tularemia, and Lyme Disease, ticks can be found in every state and have even been known to survive longer than a year. Due to the small size, many ticks will go unnoticed by pet owners.

Click on the video below to learn more about Lyme Disease.  1-tick1

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Revolution:revolution

  • Kills fleas & ticks
  • Prevents flea eggs & larva from maturing
  • Protects against heartworms
  • Protects against hookworms & roundworms
  • Protects against ear mites & sarcoptic mange(transmissable to humans)
  • Is applied topically once monthly
  • Is absorbed through the bloodstream
  • Is not effected by bathing or swimming

Frontline Plus:

  • Kills fleas & ticks
  • Kills adult fleas and prevents flea eggs & larva from maturing
  • Is applied topically once monthly
  • Spreads on the skin at the hair root & oil gland level
  • Remains active on shed hair
  • Is not effected by bathing or swimming
  • Does NOT protect against heartworms

Sentinel:

  • Prevents flea eggs & larva from maturing
  • Protects against heartworms
  • Protects against hookworms, roundworms & whipworms
  • Oral tablet which must be given with food for adequate absorption, once monthly