Flea & Tick Prevention in Vancouver
Fleas and ticks carry a range of dangers to your cat or dog, but luckily are completely preventable with proper pet care. There are many available preventatives that can protect your pet from the dangerous diseases these parasites can carry. An animal hospital, like the Crestwood Court Veterinary Clinic, can work with you to determine the best preventative to help keep your pet safe, healthy, and happy.
Dangers of Parasites
Parasites are invasive and can be devastatingly damaging. Fleas and ticks require a host, such as your pet, to survive. Ticks will attach to your cat or dog's skin and survive off of your pet's blood. Unfortunately, ticks sometimes can carry dangerous Lyme disease. If a tick has been attached to your pet for 48 hours or longer there is a chance that Lyme disease can be transmitted to your pet. Fleas also require a host to survive and live by feeding on your pet's blood. Fleas can multiply at an alarming rate and completely deplete your cat or dog of vital nutrients needed to survive. Ultimately, your cat or dog can become anemic and eventually die as a result of a flea infestation.
Luckily, there are many types of flea and tick preventatives available to help meet your pet's individual needs. Most commonly, topical medications are used. These medicines are in liquid form and are simply applied directly to your pet's skin. Recently, chewable flea and tick medication has been offered that can be easier to administer to stubborn pets. Traditionally, flea and tick collars have been used to both eliminate and prevent the infestation of insects. While certainly effective, these medicated collars may not be effective if your pet is regularly in contact or submerged in water.
How a Veterinarian Can Help
A veterinarian will be able to first fully evaluate your cat or dog. It is important to test for and treat disease, such as Lyme and heartworm, before administering a preventative. Following a successful test, your veterinarian will learn about your pet's lifestyle to determine the best preventative. Many flea and tick prevention medications are available for purchase through our practice, and we can help make sure your pet stays up to date and current with monthly preventatives.
Veterinary Clinic/Animal Hospital Levels of Protection in Vancouver
At Crestwood Court Veterinary Clinic we care about keeping your pets healthy and safe. Our animal hospital is passionate about parasite control and is eager to help answer any questions you may have regarding flea, tick, or heartworm preventatives. Our office is centrally located at 211 NE Crestwood Court, Vancouver, WA, 98684. To schedule an exam at our veterinary clinic give us a call today at (360) 254-8811.