Did you know that all flea, tick, and heartworm preventatives are not created equally? Your choice could go a long way in how well your pet is prevented from parasitic infestations. Airport Veterinary Clinic carries a collection of the best flea and heartworm preventative treatments to cater to different pet lifestyles and family budgets.
Some factors to consider include:
Is your pet outside often? Does he leave your property? Do you take your pet to remote areas for exercise or play: hunting, hiking in the woods, etc?
Does your pet have a lot of contact with other pets, like at a dog park, or do you have multiple pets in the home?
Can you easily remember to regularly give your pet the flea and heartworm preventative, or would you prefer the most convenient product?
Do you have a preference between oral or topical preventatives?
Do you have a particular budget in mind?
What types of products are available at Airport Veterinary Clinic?
We carry a variety of different flea, tick and heartworm preventatives.
The first category of prevention is our oral products, which include Trifexis for dogs, which prevents heartworm, intestinal parasites, and fleas. It’s a good, fast-acting product. There’s also Sentinel for dogs, which protects against heartworms and intestinal parasites using the same drug as Trifexis, but includes a flea sterilizer. Sentinel also prevents whipworms. Heartgard is another product for dogs that prevents against heartworms and intestinal parasites, but doesn’t include whipworms.
The second category of prevention is our topical preventatives. There are two types, prescription and over-the-counter. The prescription topical is Revolution for cats, which protects against fleas, intestinal parasites, ear mites, and heartworms. It’s a pretty all-encompassing product. In regards to Over-The-Counter topical medications, the veterinarians and Staff of Airport Veterinary Clinic recommend Frontline Tritak. It starts to kill fleas and ticks within minutes of application, and lasts for 30 days!
The last category of prevention is our flea and tick collars. These are recommended for families who need extra protection, whose dogs spend lots of time outdoors and need extra protection. They’re great for hunters, campers, hikers, and so on. We carry the Seresto brand collar, which repels and kills ticks. This product lasts for up to 8 months!
How can pet owners make the right decision regarding their flea, tick, and heartworm preventative?
The best thing to do is to see Dr. Holscher, Dr. Lowdermilk or Dr. Mellencamp to help you decide, based on your lifestyle and budget, which preventative medication is best for your family. There are a lot of products on the market, and in recent years it’s easy to just pick up a flea preventative online or at the local pet store. Our veterinarians and staff have the best knowledge of what parasites your pet will be exposed to in your area, as well as how to combine products if necessary to get the coverage that you need. We just want to make sure that people are spending their money on the product that is going to provide the right amount of coverage for their dog or cat, and in some cases we may even save them a little money.