With flea and tick season upon us, Shoreline Animal Hospital has a few questions for you. Does your dog have sensitive skin? Is it difficult to apply topical flea and tick products? Does your cat run and hide when he sees you coming with that tube of topical? Well Dr. Michelle West and Dr. Julie Berman have several convenient alternatives for you to prevent and treat these annoying parasites.
We are excited to introduce the first ever ORAL flea and tick product for dogs- NexGard; made by Merial (the makers of Frontline Plus and Heartgard). It is a tasty, soft, beef flavored chew for dogs that kills fleas and ticks. NexGard is given once a month and can be given at the same time as monthly heartworm prevention. Fleas and ticks are a growing problem on the CT shoreline and can lead to serious diseases and medical conditions like flea allergy dermatitis, tapeworms, Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, and Anaplasma to name a few. They are found in the most common places like backyards, fence lines, tall grass, wooded areas and are also infesting local wildlife. So far our clients using NexGard for their dogs have not been having any problems with ticks or fleas and the dogs seem to love the chewable tablet! To top it off, Merial is offering rebates of up to $50 on the purchase of a combination of flea, tick and heartworm products and if you buy a 6 pack of NexGard, you will get one more dose free. Call our office or stop in to speak to one of our staff about the money-saving details.Our clients are also giving us excellent feedback on the Seresto collar, which is available for both cats and dogs. With the Seresto collar there is no need to remember monthly applications because it provides 8 months of continuous protection against fleas and ticks. It’s also water proof so there is no need to remove it before swimming or bathing. This collar is a whole new technology with continuous diffusion of the active ingredient, unlike the flea collars of years ago that never worked well. This one is great and very cost effective too! And there is a valuable $20 manufacturer’s rebate available for a limited time on this product.
We also still carry and recommend monthly topicals such as K9 Advantix II for dogs, Advantage Multi for cats and Frontline Plus for both dogs and cats. K9 Advantix II is applied monthly and repels and kills fleas, ticks and mosquitos. Advantage Multi for cats is also applied monthly and kills fleas and can also prevent roundworms, hookworms and heartworms.
Shoreline Animal Hospital offers some great veterinary exclusive discounts and rebates, so if you have any questions, please stop by or call our office and we would be more then happy to answer any of your questions. Our staff can make the best recommendation for your pets based on their individual medical history, environment and lifestyle. Remember the best way to prevent infestation and disease is to make sure all the pets in your house are treated with a flea and tick preventative every month– even pets that spend most or all of their time indoors.