Fleas and ticks can be more than just a nuisance, they can be vectors for disease as well! Fleas and ticks can lead to a multitude of ailments including anemia, dermatitis, Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and more. Prevention is key, especially during warmer months!
Do Cats Need Preventatives?
Cats who are allowed outdoor time or are around other animals who commonly spend extended amounts of time outside may need to be protected. Fleas can be picked up easily outside; one of the main carriers of fleas in Colorado are rabbits, which can be found in practically any outdoor environment within the state. Ticks are pesky and they are excellent at hiding; you may not notice your cat has picked up a tick until it has been there for a considerable amount of time. Our veterinarians assess each cat’s level of risk independently to determine if they need to be on preventatives. The preventatives we recommend can work for any cat as we offer both a topical and an oral preventative. Since we offer multiple types of preventatives, we are able to offer a solution for any cat.
How do preventatives work?
Flea and tick preventatives function differently based on which method you and your veterinarian decide upon. In general, flea and tick preventatives work by killing a flea or tick when they try to bite into your cat. If your pet has already fallen victim to fleas or ticks, preventatives begin to work within hours to kill them off.