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Flea and Tick Control

Flea and Tick Control at The Family PetFleas and ticks are eager to form a close relationship with your pets.  Did you know that the flea is more than just an irritating, itchy annoyance? They are also a health threat to your pet and your family?

Flea allergy dermatitis (FAD) or flea bite hypersensitivity is the most common dermatologic disease of domestic dogs & cats in the USA. They can start itching from just 1 bite and cause secondary skin infections. Severe flea infestation can cause anemia in cats.

They can transmit parasites such as tapeworms to people and animals. Fleas are also carriers of murine typhus, transporting bacteria from rodents to people.

Since fleas are annoying and can be detrimental to human and animal health, getting rid of them is usually a  priority.

Flea eggs dropped off your pet and can lay dormant for months, so just getting the fleas and eggs off your pet isn’t enough. In addition to using a flea treatment advised by your veterinarian, the first step in ridding your life of fleas is cleaning everything!

  • Treat ALL your pets and their environment at the same time.
  • Bathe your pet and use a flea comb to remove fleas. If you plan to use a topical flea treatment, follow the instructions regarding how long to wait before or after bathing.
  • Vacuum your carpets and anywhere your dog hangs out (like your couch).  Immediately remove the vacuum bag, place it in a sealed plastic bag, and take it outside to the garbage. You can also put flea powder in the bag before you vacuum to kill any live fleas that may end up inside.
  • Launder or replace pets' bedding.
  • Thoroughly clean pet carriers.
  • Mow your lawn regularly. Rake and discard any leaves or other lawn debris, and keep piles of sand away from your home.
  • <Whenever possible, discourage wild animals from entering your yard.

Most of the time, if you treat your pet, lawn and home for fleas at the same time, you can get rid of an infestation.

There are a few home remedies for fleas that don't work. While flea collars can help keep fleas off of your pets, they don't have much effect on established infestations. Feeding brewer's yeast, garlic and vitamin supplements to pets is also unlikely to do much good against fleas. Ultrasonic collars also don't appear to act as a flea deterrent or repellent.

The following are recommended treatments available through The Family Pet Veterinary Hospital:

* Rx - For prescription treatments your pet must have had an annual exam within the past 12 months, and treatment prescribed by a DVM.
Product Dogs Cats Usage Kills How Fast How Long *Rx
activyl Topical Fleas
Dogs - Ticks
12 hrs 30 days
advantage II
buy 4 get 1 free
buy 6 get 2 free
Topical Fleas, Lice 12 hrs 30 days
bravcto Oral Fleas, Ticks  2 hrs 90 days
Capstar Oral Fleas 30 min 24 hrs
Comfortis Oral Fleas 30 min 30 days
Frontline Topical Fleas, Ticks 24 hrs 30 days
revolution
buy 4 get 1 free
buy 6 get 2 free
Topical Fleas, Heartworm, Earmites
Dogs - Sarcoptic Mange, Ticks
Cats - Intestinal Worms
 2 hrs 30 days
sentinel Oral Fleas, Heartworm, Intestinal Worms 24 hrs 30 days
trifexis Oral Fleas, Heartworm, Intestinal Worms  2 hrs 30 days
*Rx - For prescription treatments your pet must have had an annual exam within the past 12 months, and prescribed by a DVM.

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