Bailie was at the veterinarian a few weeks ago to get prescription flea and tick control. Sure you can get flea and tick products pretty much anywhere including on line these days, but it is important to visit your own vet to discuss the specific needs of your dog. I’m going to give you my top five reasons to check with your vet before purchasing flea and tick prevention products!
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Why should you ask your vet about flea and tick control?
You want the best for your dog. Fleas and ticks are not only disgusting, they can carry diseases that are not only harmful to your dog, but to humans. To keep your dog healthy, make sure your dog has regular check ups, and always ask your veterinarian about the current medications your dog is on and if there might be something new on the market that is even better. When you are at the vet, things can be a bit busy, so make sure and bring along a list of the questions you would like to ask during your visit.
1. The market is changing
As is the case with everything in the world, change is imminent. Products that worked wonders twenty years ago, are often out of date now. You need to find out what new and current products are available for your dog. An example of a new product would be Bravecto® (Fluralaner), an oral product providing 12 week* protection against fleas and ticks for your dog with just one yummy chew tablet. Stay up to date on the Merck Facebook Page!
2. The best product depends on the lifestyle you have with your dog
Where you live, the activities your dog participates in, and your dog’s health, all play a role in selecting the correct flea and tick preventative. Bailie, for example, is always off road in the woods and tall grass with her tracking. She needs a really good flea and tick preventative that works under any weather conditions in any environment. Every product is slightly different in dosage, application, side effects, and efficacy. Your veterinarian who knows your dog’s lifestyle and medical situation, can help you choose the best product for your dog. Dogs are not all the same!
3. Prescription products meet higher standards
It is important to get the best product for your dog. Your vet can explain the options to you. Prescription products are often held to higher standards with more safety and efficacy studies. Most flea and tick products are based on weight. Visiting your vet clinic allows you to get the correct current weight for your dog. Bailie learned she gained a few pounds and needed the larger size of BRAVECTO. She is most likely done growing now, but had she not gone to the vet, she may have used a product for a smaller sized dog.
4. Learn what to expect from flea and tick products
Do you remember my first post about BRAVECTO? I had a tick crawling across my head. What was up with that? Does that mean my flea and tick product isn’t working? Are there fleas and ticks I don’t even see? Your veterinarian can answer questions like these for you. She will let you know what you can expect from different products as well as how they work. Are you settling for an okay product but could be using a much better product?
5. Get more information on BRAVECTO®
Mom, Bailie, and I got a lot of good information on BRAVECTO on our vet visits. With BRAVECTO we have the best flea and tick control we can get. It’s so easy! Just eat one yummy chew every three months, and they offer us reminders so we never miss a dose. Have you talked to your veterinarian about BRAVECTO? Check here to find a veterinarian near you!
*BRAVECTO kills fleas, prevents flea infestations, and kills ticks (black-legged tick, American dog tick, and brown dog tick) for 12 weeks. BRAVECTO also kills lone star ticks for 8 weeks.
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