Flea and Tick Prevention Keeps You and Your Pets Healthy
We at Barrington Oaks Veterinary Hospital want your family to enjoy Minnesota's many outdoor activities. The surrounding areas of Princeton and Elk River have fantastic wildlife hiking opportunities, but the lush greenery in combination with Minnesota's hot, humid summer creates a breeding ground for ticks and fleas. Keep you and your pet safe and healthy by using regular flea and tick prevention.
Flea and Tick-Borne Diseases
Diseases from flea and tick bites have more than doubled over the last ten years in Minnesota, according to the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Prominent flea diseases that can be transmitted to humans include typhus and plague, and can act as intermediate hosts for tapeworms. For ticks, there are dozens of species that are deadly for pets, such as the black-legged tick, also known as the deer tick. The deer tick carries Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, Powassan virus, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Tularemia. While these illnesses can be treated at a human or animal hospital, they are not one hundred percent curable, and side effects can linger for years, especially with Lyme disease. Preventing flea and tick bites on you and your pets is the first and best treatment.
Our veterinary services include recommending the right flea and tick prevention options for your pet. We offer several brands for topical prevention, all of which work as repellents for ticks and fleas that find their way onto your pet's fur. Topical treatments deter these parasites from sticking around on your animal by creating a harsh environment for them. We also offer oral prevention options, which contain a small molecule safe for you and your pet, but targets and inhibits neurological proteins on parasites when they try to bite your furry animal. Both topical and oral prevention options last for one month, at which point a new dose needs to be administered. Flea and tick collars are also available. However, collars do not provide full coverage for your pet. Collars are most effective in combination with oral or topical monthly medications.
Our Animal Hospital Is Here For You and Your Beloved Pet
Barrington Oaks Veterinary Hospital offers full veterinary services in the Princeton and Elk River area, and is ready to help with parasite preventions and treatments for your pet. Call us at 763-441-4000, or stop by today! We look forward to meeting you and your furry friend!