Flea & Tick Control for Dogs in Montgomery County, MD
When it comes to treating fleas and ticks, one ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure! It’s much easier and less expensive to keep your dog pest-free than it is to rid the animal, your home, and your family of fleas and ticks. That’s why you should select a pest prevention product for your dog and start using it right away.
To learn more about flea and tick prevention, or for help selecting the right treatment for your dog, please call Germantown Vet at 240-252-7467 today.
The Importance of Flea and Tick Prevention for Dogs
Here are the benefits of making pest prevention a priority for your dog:
- Prevent allergic reactions and skin infections: Did you know it only takes one bite for your dog to have an allergic response to the fleas living on his back? Many pets are allergic to flea saliva, which can lead to swollen, broken, and infected skin when your dog scratches at the bite. This can be very painful for your pet.
- Prevent tapeworms: Fleas are known to carry tapeworms. If your dog ingests a live flea, the tapeworm could grow in his digestive system and cause even more problems.
- Prevent tick-borne diseases: Romping around the bushes is all in good fun until your dog picks up a tick. Then, in addition to the blood loss and discomfort associated with tick bites, the animal is at risk of developing Lyme disease, tularemia, tick paralysis, Babesiosis, canine ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
- Prevent a flea infestation in your home: When your dog carries fleas or ticks inside, it doesn’t take long for an infestation to set in. Getting rid of parasites requires tedious cleaning, vacuuming, and fogging—all of which can be avoided with preventative treatments!
How to Choose a Flea and Tick Prevention Product for Your Dog
There are many ways to keep your dog flea- and tick-free. Here’s a look at your top options:
- Topical treatments such as Frontline Plus and Revolution are popular today. You apply the product to your dog’s body one a month to drastically reduce the risk of pest infestation.
- Oral tablets provide full-body protection with a once-a-month pill or chewable tablet. You’ll need a prescription from your veterinarian because oral flea and tick prevention products aren’t available over the counter.
- Collars are a good choice for pets that refuse to take pills. This economical option lasts for about eight months before you must buy a new one. One drawback is that some animals experience skin irritation from wearing the collar.
- Shampoos, sprays, and dips are a cost-effective way to kill fleas and ticks on contact. This is an appropriate option for pets that already have a parasite problem.
For advice on which preventative treatment to use, consult with the experienced veterinarians at Germantown Vet Clinic. We can write your pet a prescription if necessary.
Start Flea and Tick Prevention for Your Dog Today
Fleas and ticks often come out of nowhere, so don’t wait until an infestation takes over your home to do something about these pests! Administer a preventative treatment to help your dog stay happy, healthy, and pest-free.
To start your dog on flea and tick prevention medication, or to treat an existing pest problem, please contact Germantown Vet in Montgomery County today.