When there are fleas in your home or on your pet:
It can be very hard to get rid of fleas quickly. There are four life stages of the flea which take approximately 3 weeks to go full circle. In order to effectively remove the fleas from your home and your pet it is important to complete all steps in flea prevention. Bad flea infestations can take up to 3-4 months to get under control. After control you must treat you pet every month. Prevention is key!
Capstar PILLS –
The most important thing to start with is relief for your pet. Our Veterinarian and nurses will explain you the befit of different treatments. Capstar tablets are an oral tablet given once per day for 3-4 days. This tablet begins working within half an hour. However, Capstar tablets only kill adult fleas, so this must be used in conjunction with another flea preventative.
One hour after giving the Capstar tablet it is go to bathe the pet with a flea shampoo. This shampoo will help relieve itchiness and kill fleas.
If the pet has a skin problem due to fleas ( Flea Allergic Dermatitis) like there is a skin rash, skin is infected then certainly you need to bring the pet IN for the exam also. Our veterinarian at Avon veterinary hospital will recommend you to give some anti-biotic to treat that bacterial infection too and some anti-itchy pills too.
Spray for household;
At Avon Animal hospital in surrey we recommend you should buy a spray, to spray the spray; this should be used every three weeks at the home also to kill the fleas from the carpet, rug and all those things. At our Veterinary hospital we sell siphotrol spray. Call Our nurses to get prices for these produtcs
To resolve the flea issue and prevent further infestations it is important to put your pet on a once a month flea prevention program.
Advantage and Primicide are over the counter topical treatment that kills fleas. You can apply on the skin once a month
Revolution is a prescription topical treatment that kills fleas and aids in the prevention of ear mites, mange mites, ticks, heartworm, and roundworms. Apply after bathing when pet is dry. You can apply on the skin once a month.
Advantage Multi for is a once a month topical application that contains a combination of the insecticide (imidacloprid) and the parasiticide (moxidectin). Advantage Multi for Dogs is used for the prevention of heartworm and the treatment and control of flea infestations, hookworms, and roundworms ,whipworms and demodicosis mange
Trifexis is a monthly chewable tablet for dogs. Trifexis kills fleas and prevents flea infestations, treats and controls hookworms, whipworms and roundworms, and prevents heartworm disease.
It is important to also treat internal parasites as well. Fleas transmit worms, so it is important to deworm your pet on a regular basis. Worm medicine is a prescription and comes in either an oral liquid or a tablet. It is available in broad-spectrum (meaning it kills many types of worms)
*Remember, here in B.C. it doesn’t get cold enough to kill the fleas, so year round treatment is important. Fleas can also live and breed indoors!
Ticks are becoming much more prevalent in Winter. As soon as the temperature goes above 3 degrees celsius for more than a couple of days, we start to see ticks, and increasingly they carry very serious diseases, such as Lyme and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
As many of the diseases carried by ticks can be life threatening or life-long for both humans and pets, preventing ticks from attaching in the first place is essential. After any walk in the woods or long grass, examine your dog and yourself for any ticks that may be trying to attach and remove them. A tick that hasn’t yet attached will be moving around on your dog. If the tick isn’t moving and/or you can’t see it’s head, the tick likely has attached. Please follow the instructions below to remove the tick.
We have products such as Advantix, Revolution to help prevent ticks from attaching to dogs. Also examination of the tick may be beneficial to determine if it is a species known to spread disease.
Be aware that there is no effective tick preventative available anywhere that is safe for cats–whether you get your preventative from us or elsewhere be aware that it likely extremely toxic to cats.
American Dog Tick
If you find a tick on your dog, it should be removed immediately. Do NOT just pull it off, as the ticks head is embedded in the skin. To remove it you will need a pair of fine tweezers. Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible. Pull it firmly away from the skin until it releases–sometimes it helps to twist a bit as you pull. Sometimes a small piece of the dog’s skin will come with the tick. They are remarkably strong and will resist being pulled off. If the head breaks off, a skin reaction or minor infection may result. If you are concerned, or if a bump forms in the area, please bring the pet in to be checked by one of our vets.
Tick Twisters can also be very effective in removing ticks. We carry these in tick season, so pick one up the next time you’re in and have it to hand.
After you remove the tick, either destroy it, or if you are concerned about possible disease, save the tick, and it can be sent out for testing for a number of tick-borne diseases. We can then advise you about the best course of action for your pet.
If you are uncomfortable removing the tick yourself, or are uncertain of what a tick looks like, please call the clinic and we will be happy to see your dog and help you.