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Flea and Tick Prevention and Promotion

Flea and Tick Prevention and Promotion

During the month of March, Garden Oaks Veterinary Clinic is giving you the opportunity to win a Petzi Treat Cam! Purchase Bravecto (Canine or Feline) during the month of March for a chance to win a Petzi Treat Cam.

Buy 1 Dose, Get 1 Chance to Win
Buy 2 Doses, Get 3 Chances to Win (+ a $15 rebate)
Buy 4 Doses, Get 5 Chances to Win (+ a $35 rebate)

Purchase must be made at Garden Oaks Veterinary Clinic (does not include purchases on our online store). We will be drawing and announcing the winner on April 1!

Fleas and ticks both can cause some serious health issues. The good news is, it’s all preventable!

Fleas are external parasites that transmit diseases to animals and humans, including cat scratch disease, tapeworms, mycoplasma haemofelis, and murine typhus. Their life cycle includes four stages (egg, larva, pupa, and adult), and they can live between 2 weeks and several months, depending on temperature and humidity levels. Smaller than a grain of sand and white in color, flea eggs make up about half of the total flea population in an environment. They are laid in the fur of pets by adult female fleas, and they fall off as the pet moves around, spreading throughout the environment. Because the eggs are so small, preventing fleas altogether is important.

Ticks, similarly to fleas, can transmit diseases to both humans and animals. Most prominently, ticks transmit Lyme Disease. Lyme disease is a vector-borne disease, meaning it is transmitted through the bite of an infected arthropod (mosquito, tick, etc.). When an infected tick bites your dog, the infection spreads to your dog’s tissues. The signs of Lyme in dogs may not appear until several months after the initial tick bite, and, even then, can be difficult to detect and diagnose. Sometimes the signs are fleeting and will often mimic other health conditions. Lyme disease in dogs can vary from mild to severe, but severe cases can lead to kidney failure, heart disease, nervous system complications, and even death.

Protecting your pet from fleas and ticks:

Regardless of the time of year, fleas and ticks in various life stages can be in your home and on your pets. But, you can keep your pets safe by regularly administering a flea and tick preventive medication.

Not all flea and tick preventive medications are created equal, and medications meant for dogs can be toxic to cats. Ask us about the flea preventive medication that would be best for your pet!

Contact us today with any questions and visit us in the clinic to purchase Bravecto and enter the drawing.