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Posted on 03-05-2018
Here in the warm Florida climate, fleas and ticks thrive. This means that our dogs and cats need protection from these pests even more than animals living in other areas. At Magnolia Animal Hospital, located in Ocala, FL, we offer a variety of flea and tick preventatives to meet your needs.
At Magnolia Animal Hospital, we offer two types of parasite prevention: topical and oral. They last a variable amount of time, though most last at least a month and many newer options last longer. Many options have versions for both cats and dogs, but there are some that are only formulated for one species or the other.
Topical flea and tick preventatives are some of the most well-known and used treatments. There are a variety of choices, and many offer protection from other parasites, such as mosquitoes or intestinal worms, as well. Ticks are harder to treat than fleas, so be sure to tell your veterinarian in Ocala if you have a particular tick problem.
There are two basic types of topical treatments: spot-on and collars. In most cases, spot-on liquids work better because the collar does not protect well near the rear of the dog or cat. However, in certain cases, collars can be a good choice. Some of the best tick preventatives are collars, for example.
Some flea treatments can be given as an oral tablet. A number of these drugs now exist, including options that provide only flea control and ones that provide both flea control and intestinal or heartworm control. Currently, there are no oral drugs for the prevention of ticks.
Our veterinarian in Ocala is your best resource regarding flea and tick control for local pets. Here at Magnolia Animal Hospital, we are happy to discuss options and find the treatment that works best for you and your pet. Call us today at 352-327-3663 to make an appointment!
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