With summer under way, the fleas and ticks and other creepy-crawlies are slowly starting to emerge. We have already seen many fleas on pets, and several of our clients have reported already having to remove ticks from both themselves and their pets! Needless to say, neither of these are things that any pet owner wants to have to deal with. Fleas can infest homes very quickly, and it takes months to get rid of them. Ticks can also carry various diseases, the most widely known being Lyme disease. We here at Chippewa Animal Clinic carry several different preventatives for fleas and ticks, and have detailed some of them here so you can assess what is right for your pets' lifestyles! We have included links below to each product's website so you can find more information on them! We also carry all of these preventatives in clinic currently.
We have some preventatives for both cats and dogs in our clinic. The first product we carry is Bravecto, which is a flea and tick preventative that comes in 2 different forms. For dogs, it is a chewable tablet that can be easily given with food. For cats, it comes in a topical form that is easy to apply. Both cats and dogs are protected for 3 months on Bravecto. Bravecto is also an ideal preventative for dogs who like to swim in the summers! Bravecto is a prescription-only preventative, so make sure we've seen your pet in the last 12 months before coming in for purchase!
Frontline can also be used for both dogs and cats. Frontline is a topical liquid that needs to be applied every 30 days in order to keep your pet protected! Frontline is an over the counter preventative, so feel free to drop in anytime to pick it up for your dogs or cats!
We also recently began carrying Seresto collars for cats and dogs. These collars need to be applied so that they have direct contact with your pet's skin. Seresto is low maintenance and lasts for 8 months at a time for both cats and dogs.
We also carry Advantix II for dogs. Advantix II is a flea and tick preventative, and also carries a repelling agent for biting flies, including mosquitoes. If you live in a heavily wooded area where there are lots of bugs, this preventative comes in handy! Advantix is a liquid topical that needs to be applied every 30 days. In our clinic, Advantix is over the counter, so you can come and pick some up any time!
For cats, we also carry Advantage Multi. This is actually both a heartworm and flea preventative, but does NOT prevent against ticks. It is a liquid topical, and needs to be applied every 30 days.
Remember to keep your furry friends protected against fleas and ticks this season! If you do see a tick on your pet, you can remove it with a tick twister to ensure that you are more likely to remove the entire tick. If you have concerns regarding tick bites, please feel free to give our clinic a call! If you have fleas in your household, make sure to clean and wash everything thoroughly and put all pets on flea prevention. Fleas take a minimum of 3 months to complete their life cycle, so we recommend keeping pets on preventatives year round!
Websites for each preventative can be accessed below:
Advantix II: https://www.bayerdvm.com/products/k9-advantix-ii/
Advantage Multi: https://www.bayerdvm.com/products/advantage-multi-for-cats/
About the Author
Hi everyone! My name is Mallory Payne. I'm one of the Veterinary Assistants at Chippewa Animal Clinic and I will be writing our blog posts! I've been in the veterinary field for 4 years now and I love it. I have one fur baby named Makaio, who is a 2-year-old Alaskan Malamute. We enjoy biking and going for hikes together in our spare time.
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Chippewa Animal Clinic
1554 E 3 Mile Road
Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783
Phone: (906) 635-5814
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