Every cat and dog needs to be protected from fleas. Even if your pet primarily stays indoors, it’s possible for him or her to get infected. Flea bites can make your pet miserable, but you can prevent this problem by talking to your veterinarian about flea treatment options.
Modern flea collars for dogs and cats are more effective, thinner, and more flexible than older designs. They’re also typically odorless. While it’s usually easy to put a collar on a dog, cat caretakers may have more of a problem getting their feline companions to sit still for this process. The average flea collar will remain effective for a few months. Mark your calendar to remind yourself of when to swap it out for a new collar.
Topical applications are among the most popular choices for flea and tick prevention. Whereas collars only kill adult fleas, topical treatments can kill both adult and immature fleas. A limited number of topical treatments can also repel and kill mosquitoes. This protects pets from mosquito-transmitted diseases. Topical treatments are applied to the pet’s neck and upper back area. Depending on the brand, a topical treatment may last a month or up to 12 weeks. Wash your hands well after applying the treatment, and instruct family members to avoid petting the cat or dog on the treated area for a while.
Oral medications are popular among pet caretakers who don’t like the messiness of topical treatments. This flea treatment may be fed directly to a pet or mixed in with the pet’s normal food. Some oral medications will protect your pet from both fleas and ticks.
The friendly veterinary staff at Horizon Animal Hospital can help you choose the right flea and tick treatment for your pet. We are a full-service vet clinic that’s open on Saturdays and Sundays for your convenience. You can reach us in Scottsdale at (480) 800-4559.