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Flea & Tick Prevention With Your Local Winnipeg Veterinarian

Fleas and ticks are parasites that live on your pet's body. Not only can they make your pet miserable, but they can cause severe allergic reactions, anemia and even more serious health problems if left untreated. At Silver Heights Veterinary Hospital we believe that preventative medicine is the best kind, and we offer a wide variety of different flea and tick prevention methods for both dogs and cats.

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Different Types of Tick and Flea Prevention

When you bring your pet in for her annual pet wellness examination, we'll make tick and flea prevention a part of the process. Depending on your pet's health, breed, and size, our veterinarian will prescribe one of a variety of different types of medication. 

The most popular types of treatment are the spot-on medications. Squeeze drops of medicine onto your pet's back between her shoulders and the medication will spread to cover her body. Spot-on treatments come in monthly doses and are among the most effective of all flea and tick prevention medications. They're easy to use, inexpensive, generally have no side effects, and kill any parasites that try to host on your pet's body.

Sprays are another very effective treatment type for fleas and ticks. While they kill parasites on contact, they can cause reactions in some pets, as well as some owners who use them. Some sprays can be used as a supplement to spot-on medications, while others last for a long period of time to kill eggs of future parasite generations.

Oral medications can be better because they protect your pet's entire body, inside and out. Sprays and spot-on medications may miss places. Some oral medications kill only ticks, while others protect from fleas.

Dealing With Infestation

If your pet does happen to pick up fleas or ticks despite your best efforts, keep in mind that his body isn't the only place that will house the parasites. Furniture and carpeting are both perfect homes for these bugs, as well as crevices in the walls or even underneath the carpeting. Don't panic, though. Once your pet has been treated or dipped in our office, thoroughly vacuum your home and treat it with an approved insecticide.

Contact Our Local Veterinarian Today

Whether you have an indoor or outdoor pet, our veterinarian team is your first defense against any type of annoying parasites. Give our office a call to make an appointment to begin flea and tick prevention today. Give us a call at (204) 504-5600 and we'll schedule a visit that fits in with your busy lifestyle.

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