Flea and Tick Prevention
Fleas and Ticks: A Concern for Pets and Homes
Both fleas and ticks can spread from your pet to your home and family. Fleas lay 30 to 50 eggs daily, which can stay dormant for up to a year before hatching. Ticks can molt and lay eggs, posing a risk for infestations and the spread of diseases.
Indoor Pets Aren't Immune
Even primarily indoor dogs can pick up fleas and ticks when they go outside for short periods, especially near tall grass or wildlife.
Severe infestations can lead to anemia and skin problems in pets, and fleas and ticks can transmit diseases.
Prescription medications from veterinarians are highly effective and safe. Over-the-counter options can be risky and less effective.
Types of Treatments
Oral tablets and topical medications are the primary flea and tick prevention treatments available.
At the Green Dog Veterinary Center, we carefully evaluate products yearly to recommend the safest and most effective treatments tailored to your pet's lifestyle and family's needs.
Identifying Fleas and Ticks
Fleas can be identified through "flea dirt," which resembles black soot. Ticks often embed their heads into a pet's skin and can vary in size.
What to Do if You Find Fleas or Ticks
Consult your vet for the best and safest treatment options. A comprehensive approach to treating the pet and the environment is often required.
Avoid home remedies like diatomaceous earth, as they can be ineffective or harmful. We recommend Sentinel, which prevents flea eggs from hatching, to control infestations.
Vaccines and Prevention
A Lyme disease vaccine is available. Year-round prevention is advisable, especially in regions like San Diego, where fleas are present yearly.