Flea and Tick Prevention

Flea and Tick Prevention in Medford, NY

If you are looking for quality veterinary care in Medford, NY, come to the Veterinary Outpatient Treatment Center. We specialize in flea and tick prevention for your pet -- and we always have flea treatment and tick prevention medication on hand, so if you ever run out, we have some available!


Why Worry About Fleas and Ticks?

Fleas and ticks are nasty creatures that feed off your pet's blood. You might wonder if they are really that big of a concern. Fleas and ticks are known to harbor diseases such as bubonic plague and Lyme disease, which can not only affect your pet's health but can also affect yours as well. Fleas consume about 15 times their own weight in blood and a severe infestation can cause anemia in your pet. Plus, once your pet has these external parasites, they will search for more hosts -- including you.

Does Your Pet Have Fleas and Ticks?

If your pet is scratching, has red or black "coffee grounds" on his fur that turn red when wet, or has signs of irritation on his skin, he may have fleas, even if you don't see them. Pets that have large brown or black "bumps" on their skin may have engorged ticks feeding off your pet's blood -- and possibly making him sick. If your pet has fleas and ticks, bring him to the Veterinary Outpatient Treatment Center so our veterinarians can help you develop a strategy for combating these parasites.

Should You Go With Over the Counter Solutions?

If your pet has fleas or ticks, you may be tempted to treat your pet with over the counter medications designed for getting rid of these parasites. Or you may consider purchasing sprays or foggers that are made to eliminate fleas. The problem with going with over the counter items without consulting a veterinarian first is that you may be choosing chemicals that are dangerous to your pets.

Or you may be choosing chemicals that do not interact well with other chemicals in the medication. Some medications and insecticides that are okay to use on dogs are lethal to cats, for example. Likewise, incorrect dosing due to using insecticides with the same ingredients can administer dangerous quantities that can make your pets, and you, sick.

Talk to Our Veterinarians About Flea Treatment and Tick Prevention

Our veterinarians can take the guesswork out of choosing the right flea and tick preventatives. Call us today at the Veterinary Outpatient Treatment Center in Medford, NY, and schedule an appointment. We have flea and tick preventative on hand, whenever you need it.

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