South Valley Animal Clinic and Equine Wellness is raising awareness about the importance of medicated flea and tick prevention. According to veterinarians Dr.William Heite and Dr. Donna Trent-Heite, spot-on parasite preventives protect animals from flea and tick infestations. These parasites can spread dangerous illnesses, including Lyme disease. South Valley Animal Clinic strongly recommends monthly spot-on prevention.
South Valley veterinarian Dr. William Heite is urging pet owners to take adequate steps to protect their animals against fleas and ticks.
According to the equine vet, flea and tick problems are on the rise in the South Valley. "Medicated spot-on prevention is a safe and effective treatment for preventing fleas and ticks," said Dr. Heite. "I strongly recommend that pet owners use a veterinarian recommended medicated treatment to protect their pets. Fleas and ticks are more than just pests -- these parasites can cause serious health problems for animals. Proactive prevention is essential."
Fleas are the top allergen that affects dogs. A flea infestation can cause painful scratching, which may lead to a secondary skin infection. Fleas are also carriers for disease, including other parasites, tapeworms, and the "cat scratch" disease Bartonella. Ticks may carry Lyme disease, which can cause serious health problems for infected animals.
"Lyme disease is spread primarily during the summer months, with the peak season being July," said equine veterinarian Dr. Trent-Heite. "However, ticks can be active at any temperature over freezing. Lyme disease can lead to chronic lameness, kidney problems and other health complications for dogs. Since Lyme disease also affects humans, a medicated spot-on prevention can help protect both pets and their owners."
Spot-on treatments are applied to a spot of skin on a pet. The medication then migrates along the surface of the skin, providing protection from fleas, ticks and other parasites.
"Many pet owners have concerns over the safety of spot-on treatments" said Dr. Heite. "When used properly, these treatments are completely safe for pets. We only provide treatment from reputable companies that test their products for safety. During a veterinary visit, we can recommend a product that is appropriate for your pet's wellness needs."
Dr. Heite also recommends that pet owners purchase spot-on treatments directly from their veterinarian. According to the small animal vet, direct purchase is the best way to ensure that pet owners receive the correct product. During the visit, Dr. Heite will show pet owners the proper way to apply treatments.
According to Dr. Heite, some treatments are also designed for younger animals. The canine vet recommends appropriate treatments during a visit for puppy and kitten shots.
South Valley Animal Clinic and Equine Wellness provides comprehensive animal care for South Valley and Los Lunas pets. The veterinary hospital emphasizes the importance of proactive wellness care, including annual vaccinations, wellness exams, pet dental care and preventive medication.