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The Importance of Flea, Tick and Heartworm Prevention

Here at our Caring Pet Hospital, we stress the importance of pet preventative care. One of the simplest ways you can protect your pet from discomfort, parasites and potentially fatal diseases is with flea, tick and heartworm prevention. Our veterinarian in Hayward recommends that dogs and cats should receive year round protection from fleas, ticks and heartworms because seasonal prevention is not always sufficient in fluctuating temperatures.

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Treatment and Prevention of Fleas and Ticks

Our Hayward veterinarian is pleased to offer an extensive variety of treatment options for fleas and ticks including topical solutions, oral medications, and continuous wear collars to suit the needs of your pet.

Topical Flea and Tick Solutions—These are the most popular options for pest prevention due to their ease of application and their efficacy. Topical flea and tick solutions are typically applied once a month directly on the animal’s skin between their shoulder blades. Within 24 hours of application the product will protect your pet’s entire body, so they should avoid water for a day after you apply the solution.

Oral Tablets—A newer innovation in flea and tick prevention is oral tablets, which begin working within 48 hours. It’s best to give these to your pet with a meal to avoid vomiting or diarrhea.

Flea and Tick Collars—Pets who refuse oral medications or those with skin sensitivities may best be suited for a continuous wear flea and tick collar. These start working with 24 hours and become most effective after two weeks of wear. Collars can provide protection typically for 6-8 months, but may require more frequent replacement if your pet is exposed to water regularly.

Heartworm Prevention for Pets—We see more cases of heartworms at our animal hospital in Hayward than we would like to. Heartworms are challenging to treat in dogs, and there are no treatments for cats, so prevention is the best medicine. Our Hayward veterinarian carries a wide selection of avermectin-derived heartworm preventative medications. These oral preventives should be taken monthly, and they offer protection against heartworms and also certain intestinal worms and parasites, making them a solid investment in your pet’s health.

Combination Flea, Tick, and Heartworm Prevention—There are currently a few options that offer protection against fleas, ticks, heartworm, skin mites and intestinal parasites. These solutions are typically applied topically each month.

Make us Your Hayward Animal Hospital of Choice

Here at the Caring Pet Hospital, our veterinarian in Hayward offers new patients a free, no-obligation consultation, so there is no reason not to come in and meet our team. If you are looking for the best name brands in flea, tick and heartworm prevention, call our Hayward veterinarian today at 510-537-1788. We’ll help you find the perfect flea, tick and heartworm prevention for your pet.

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