Fleas and ticks are much more than mere nuisances; these tiny pests can cause a huge issues with your pet’s health. The blood these parasites leech off of your pet may lead to anemia and skin irritation, and their bites often transmit diseases. Because fleas and ticks directly cause so many health problems, prevention is crucial.Fleas can affect even indoor pets – coming in through window screens, on human clothing, or else riding on pets who do go outside. Once fleas enter a home, they will constantly lay tiny eggs which fall onto your floors, furniture, pet bedding, and clothing. Fleas are not only an annoyance, they can also create significant blood loss, and introduce tapeworms. Flea infestation can even mask other diseases – meaning the causes of anemia, fatigue, or itching may go unexamined while there is a flea infestation. Generally, the longer your vet cannot define the source of a problem, the more severe a problem becomes before your pet is started on appropriate treatment. Please keep your pet on flea prevention all year to prevent infestations.Contemporary methods of flea prevention differ significantly from those of the past, and are more streamlined and effective for it. Gone are the days of sprays, flea collars, and flea shampoos, which seldom actually help to control fleas. Instead, we now use topical liquids which quickly and fully exterminate the adult fleas on your pet. The liquids also contain inhibitors of any potential future infestation. There is also a chewable medication which serves to prevent new infestation.Many such products are available on the market, but of these, we only stock a few. This is because most of these products are ineffective, and sometimes dangerous. Most over-counter flea control topical liquids are simply a topical form of old pesticides. Some animals have no adverse reaction to these pesticides, but it is not uncommon to have a sensitivity to the toxins in them. Additionally, great number of flea control products are toxic to cats, but, despite them being clearly labeled for dog use only, wind up sending cats on whom the products were used to the hospital. In some cases, merely being in the same house as these products toxic to cats is enough to get the cat sick.There are so many different kinds of ticks it can make your head spin! Each tick tends to carry a different variety of disease – Lyme Disease is only one of many which can cause your pet to become very ill, or even to die. In Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Deer Tick is primarily a concern due to Lyme disease, but Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehlichia, and sometimes even Anaplasmosis all can impact your dog’s well-being for the worse. Although we do have tests for each of these diseases, it’s still true that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Keeping your pet on tick prevention – or even more than one tick preventative if your pet is high risk – may mean the difference between health and illness.