Fleas and Ticks are here!

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They’re creepy, they’re crawly…and they can carry diseases.Fleas and ticks are not just a nuisance, but pose animal and human health risks. They suck your pet’s blood; they suck human blood and can transmit diseases.  Some of the diseases that fleas and ticks can transmit from animals to humans (zoonotic diseases) include plague, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, bartonellosis and others.  That’s why it’s critical to protect your pets from these pesky parasites and keep the creepy crawlies out of your home. 

How to protect your pets

To keep your pets safe, we recommend the following:

  • Discuss the use of preventive products, including over-the-counter products, with your veterinarian to determine the safest and most effective choice for each pet.
  • Always talk to your veterinarian before applying any spot-on products, especially if your dog or cat is very young, old, pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
  • Only purchase EPA-registered pesticides or FDA-approved medicines.
  • Read the entire label before you use/apply the product.
  • Always follow label directions! Apply or give the product as and when directed. Never apply more or less than the recommended dose.
  • Cats are not small dogs. Products labeled for use only for dogs should only be used for dogs, and never for cats. Never.
  • Make sure that the weight range listed on the label is correct for your pet because weight matters.  Giving a smaller dog a dose designed for a larger dog could harm the pet.

Fortunately, there are many effective flea and tick preventives available to help control these pests and prevent the spread of zoonotic diseases. Knowing what kind of product to use, and how to use it, is critical to the health and safety of your pet. Pet owners should carefully consider their flea and tick preventive options (and closely read the label) before they treat their pets with one of these products:


Frontline Plus (Once Monthly, Topical)           


• Stops flea infestation

•Kills adult fleas, ticks, flea eggs and larvae

•Prevents all flea stages (eggs, larvae, pupae) from developing

•Kills ticks that may transmit disease

•Provides waterproof effectiveness

•Offers a mighty killing force for a full 30 days

Nexgard (Once Monthly, Chewable)


NexGard for dogs kills adult fleas before they lay eggs,

and kills ticks, too. All in a delicious, soft chew that

dogs love.


Bravecto (Once every 12 weeks, Chewable)


• Consistent broad-spectrum and long-lasting efficacy against both fleas and ticks

• Rapid onset of action and speed of kill

• Maximizes pet owner compliance while reducing protection gaps that can occur with monthly remedies

• Safe in breeding, pregnant, and lactating dogs

• Available by veterinary prescription only