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!
Even if your dog is primarily indoors, they may still need to be on preventatives. Fleas can easily be picked up on even a brief trip 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 dog has picked up a tick until it has been there for a considerable amount of time. Our veterinarians assess each dog’s level of risk independently to determine if they need to be on preventatives. The preventatives we recommend can work for any dog as we offer both topical or oral preventatives.
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 causing a flea or tick to die when they try to bite into your dog. While they will not prevent fleas and ticks from getting a little close, they prevent the transmission of disease which is the most important factor to consider. If your pet has already fallen victim to fleas or ticks, preventatives begin to work within hours to kill them off.
To learn more about flea and tick prevention for your dog, please schedule an appointment or call our friendly client care team.