Fleas and Ticks

As warm weather sets in, it is an important time to think about your pet’s flea and tick medicines. The Greenville, SC area is warm enough for ticks and fleas to flourish. As the weather gets hotter, the more these pests will become a problem.  If your pet is not on a monthly flea, tick and heart-worm medication, you are asking for trouble. Once fleas establish a presence on your animal, they quickly become a problem in your house as well.  Ticks can carry a variety of diseases(mainly lyme disease) which can be costly or fatal.  Heart worms are the silent killer of thousands of pets each year.  Your pet should always be on heart-worm preventative.

When choosing meds for your pet, there are several things to consider.  Some topical flea and tick treatments will wash off if the pet gets wet.  Some cover fleas, but not ticks.  Be sure to always read the instructions carefully before administering any medications to your pets. I can’t tell you how many time I’ve had a customer try to leave topical medications with me to apply just after a bath.  Most require a period of 24-72 hrs after bathing for a dogs natural oils to replenish in order for the medications to disperse properly.  Also, always be sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after administering pet meds.  Monitor your pet for possible side effects.  Salivation, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea and depression are things to look for.  If your pet shows signs of side effects, contact your local vet in Greenville.  At Woodlands Pet Resort we do require all pets in our care to be treated monthly for heart-worms, fleas and ticks.

Hope everyone is enjoying their Spring!  Make sure to get your pets out and exercising…they love this time of year!

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