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The Veterinarians at Westside would like to thank you for your continued support of the Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center of Northern Arizona, open week nights after 5:00 pm, weekends 
Friday 5:00 pm through Monday 8:30 am, and on major holidays

Fleas and ticks are a nuisance to pets and their owners; however, most do not realize what a large threat they pose. On the positive side, they are easy to repel with a monthly preventative that also protects your pet against common intestinal parasites that may be transmitted by fleas.

Biting fleas may cause Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD) and is one of the most common skin allergies in dogs. Fleas also play a role in skin infections. Furthermore, ingested fleas can transmit tapeworms, a common intestinal parasite. Tapeworm infection is usually diagnosed when the white, mobile segments are seen crawling on your dog or in the stool. Tapeworms sometimes go undetected in a routine fecal examination. Because of this, veterinarians depend on the owner to notify them of possible tapeworm infection in the dog. Control of fleas is very important in the management and prevention of tapeworm infection. Flea control involves treatment of your dog, the indoor environment and the outdoor environment where the dog resides. If the dog lives in a flea-infested environment, re-infection with tapeworms may occur in as little as two weeks. Because the medication that treats tapeworm infection is so effective, return of the tapeworms is almost always due to re-infection from the environment.

Ticks can cause problems such as Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Erlichiosis, Babesiosis and Tularemia. These diseases usually include anemia, weight loss and fever. Because the symptoms are so vague, they are difficult to diagnose. In addition to vague symptoms, it takes the immune system two to three weeks to respond to an internal organism and develop antibodies, making the state of the animal very critical at the time of diagnosis. Although these diseases are very severe and are complicated to diagnose, they are easily avoided by using preventatives such as Advantix or Frontline on a regular basis.

It is important to keep your pet’s environment clean and controlled.

House. Even though fleas may be in your house, most people never see them. Fleas greatly prefer cats and dogs to people; they usually only infest humans when there has not been a cat or dog in the house for several days. A professional exterminator may be called to treat your house or you may use a house fogger or a long-lasting spray. These foggers and sprays are very effective for adult fleas, but they will not kill adults that are still in their cocoon. You should purchase a fogger or a spray that kills the adult fleas and inhibits development of the eggs and larvae. In climates with extended warm temperatures and high humidity, it may be necessary to treat two or three times with a 30-day residual product before all stages of the fleas are removed from the house. The second treatment is most effective if it is done 2 weeks after the first.

Another option is to treat your carpet with a flea-killing powder. The powder is non-toxic to people. It is worked deeply into the carpet to prevent it from being removed by vacuuming. This treatment has proven very successful, even in the face of heavy flea infestations. However, the treatment does not address fleas in your yard.

Yard. Professional exterminators may do yard control, or you may use various insecticides yourself. Be sure that any insecticide you use has a 30-day residual. This keeps you from having to spray every week. In climates with extended warm temperatures and high humidity, it will often be necessary to treat monthly during the warm months of the year. Your veterinarian is able to help you choose the most effective product for your situation.

Ticks tend to like wooded areas and are found all over Flagstaff and the surrounding areas. Although it is difficult to keep you pet completely away from ticks, it is very easy to keep ticks off of your pets. Products like Frontline can kill ticks, while products like K9 Advantix repels ticks as well as killing them. We sell both at Westside Veterinary Clinic.

Get your pet protected today!!

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