Parasite Prevention for Your Pet at New Hope Animal Hospital
New Hope Animal Hospital in Durham is dedicated to making life comfortable for your pets. This means helping to keep them free from parasites such as ticks and fleas. Small intruders like these can make life extremely irritating for both you and your pet. That is why we recommend parasite prevention from your first visit.
Flea Prevention for Dogs and Cats
As a conscientious pet owner, you have many options for preventing flea infestations on your pet and in your home. Some pets are highly allergic to fleas and may suffer severe reactions such as uncontrollable chewing or scratching, hair loss, and even sores and open wounds from excessive grooming. The ingestion of fleas may also lead to tapeworm infestations in your pet. To prevent complications such as these, regular flea prevention is required, including:
- Topical flea treatments such as Advantix or Frontline will help to keep your cat, dog, or other warm-blooded pet free from fleas. These treatments are applied to an area of your pet's skin where they cannot lick it off, usually on the back of the neck or down the back of the spine.
- Oral flea treatments such as Nexguard or Comfortis are pills or capsules that you give your pet daily, weekly, or monthly to help repel fleas.
- Natural flea treatments such as sprays or wipes that contain essential oils like peppermint may be instrumental in helping prevent fleas in cats and dogs. However, talk with your veterinarian in Durham first. Some may be toxic to cats and other small pets.
- Shampoos and conditioners that are specially formulated to kill fleas may be used in conjunction with other treatments to help contain flea infestations between applications. Your veterinarian can instruct you on which ones are best for parasite prevention.
Preventing Ticks on Cats, Dogs, and Other Vulnerable Pets
It is important to practice regular tick prevention as well. Ticks are found in trees, in grass, and on wildlife. Your pet can pick them up simply by walking through your yard or playing in the dog park. Ticks not only make your pet uncomfortable, but they can also carry illnesses such as Lyme disease that wreak havoc with your pet's health. Lyme disease is also transferable to humans, so it is vital to keep ticks away from pets.
Many flea preventatives also work on ticks. Talk with your veterinarian in Durham about the best way to keep parasites such as fleas and ticks off your pet and out of your house.
Contact New Hope Animal Hospital Today
If you need help with parasite prevention or other pet-related health issues, contact New Hope Animal Hospital in Durham today. Our experienced veterinarians and friendly staff are ready to assist you with all issues concerning the health, comfort, and welfare of your cats, dogs, or other lovable companions.