It is time to prevent ticks and fleas!

Spring is here and it is time to take steps to prevent fleas and ticks. We saw fleas and ticks through the winter, but their numbers significantly increase in the spring. It is important to start your pet on tick prevention now. We have a detailed article on the products listed below, which you can reference by clicking the links at the end of this article. Below is a very simple write up on how to prevent fleas and ticks.

CATS: 

Prevention of fleas on cats: Revolution (topically) monthly (also prevents heartworms and intestinal parasites)

Prevention of ticks on cats: Add Frontline (topically) monthly (apply them on separate days)

Revolution requires a prescription. Frontline is an over the counter product. Cats must be on Revolution to prevent heartworm disease, intestinal parasites, and to prevent fleas.  Frontline alone does not prevent heartworm disease or intestinal parasites and, in our experience, is not able to control fleas on most cats, but it does kill ticks.

DOGS:

Dogs should be on one of the following combinations:

Trifexis (orally) monthly for fleas (prevents heartworms and intestinal parasites, too) + Frontline (topically) for ticks (give or apply the medications on separate days)

Or

Trifexis (orally) monthly for fleas (prevents heartworms and intestinal parasites, too), + Seresto collar for ticks (give the medication then apply the collar on a different day)

Or

Sentinel (orally) monthly (for heartworms and flea eggs) + Nexgard (orally) monthly for fleas and adult ticks (give the medications on separate days)

Any of the above combinations will do an excellent job of preventing heartworms, intestinal parasites, fleas, and ticks on your dog, but all except the Seresto Collar are prescription.  Some combinations are better for dogs with certain heath conditions, so your veterinarian here at Animal Hospital of North Asheville will prescribe what is best for your dog and take into consideration your wishes and your pet’s environment.

Click here to learn more about ticks and the diseases they can pose to people and pets.

We have written up a detailed article of our recommendations which you can reference by clicking on one of the following links: 

Our Recommendations for the Health Care of Your Cat 

Our Recommendations for the Health Care of Your Dog