Parker County Today April 2018 - Page 53

skin infection due to the chewing and scratching they inflict on themselves. They may also trans- mit tapeworms. Ticks, while not quite as common, often pose a much greater risk to our pets and our family. They may transmit diseases such as Lyme dis- ease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichia, Powassan Virus, and Heartland Virus. They may also cause severe skin irritation at the attachment site and anemia. Unfortunately, our pets often bring these bloodsuckers closer to us humans as well. There are actually many different species of ticks and three life stages of ticks at various times of the year. Different ticks carry different diseases and live in different areas. Often the ar- eas with abundant wildlife also have abundant ticks! Some ticks will readily establish indoors as well, and can be very difficult to get rid of. In the past, preventing fleas and ticks often meant treating them with powerful insecticides that were potentially toxic to the pets and their owners. This is especially true for cats, as they are very sensitive to many products. While we do m e h t g urin D l ri p A f o onth have some safer topical products today, we also have oral medications that are very effective and safe. That means no more oily residue that may transfer to your furniture and carpets. Some of the products are given monthly, usually at the same time as the heartworm preventative, and others only have to be given every 12 weeks. There are also newer collars that are much safer and more effective than those made in years past. Use cau- tion with some of the over-the-counter flea and tick topical drops. While some have the same ac- tive ingredients as the established product, some- times carriers and other ingredients that differ can greatly affect their safety and effectiveness. We realize each pet lives in a different envi- ronment and has different needs. Come in and talk to us about what products are best suited to keep you and your pets protected. Don’t forget about your large animals either. Consult with us or your veterinarian about the best practices to manage parasites in your horses, cattle, sheep, goats, llamas and pigs as well. Parasite Prevention Program Call for Details with Purchase (Prescriptions Require Current Veterinary/Patient Relationship) Small Animal •Equine •Livestock •Ambulatory Services 8283 FM 920 • Weatherford, Texas • 817-458-3355 Free Products, Rebates & Discounts Dr. Craig Sweatt • Dr. Tom Hutchins • Dr. Stacy McLeod 51