Get a Jump Start on Flea Preventative
We recommend year round flea preventative for your pet. Here's why:
It is common for clients to say they do not see fleas on their pets; thus they choose to forgo flea and deworming monthly preventatives. We recommend parasite prevention because we want to avoid being in a situation that requires treatment. Fleas can be highly uncomfortable to your dog or cat, and trying to combat fleas can be an arduous, time extensive task.
Seattle is the perfect place for fleas to live. Heavy rain helps fleas thrive and they can survive in temperatures as low as 35 degrees. During the winter months, our cold days average 36 degrees. We do have fleas in Seattle yearround.
Unfortunately, a flea problem can manifest before a single flea is even seen on a pet. Cats are fastidious groomers; in some cases, your cat might ingest a flea long before you even know there is a problem. This is why we also recommend running intestinal parasite screens at least once a year.
Fleas prefer direct hosts. In other words, fleas are most prevalent on dogs that go outside. However, indoor only cats and dogs are at risk, as well. Fleas can survive without a host for over 100 days! This means you can bring fleas into your house via your shoes or clothing without having seen another animal.
A single adult flea can lay up to 50 eggs a day, so it’s easy to see how fast an infestation can start. Once an infestation is present, each pet must be treated along with the home, and in some cases, the yard.
Signs that your pet might have fleas:
- Intense And Frantic Scratching Or Biting Of Their Coat
- Excessive Grooming
- Hair Loss
- Red Skin Lesions Or Scab-Like Bumps
- Black or brownish red spots on your pet or areas where your pet frequents
Why do we require a wellness exam to sell flea, heartworm, and/or tick medications?
All of the flea preventatives we sell are prescription medications, but it is crucial to remember all flea preventatives are medications—even over the counter products. Some of us don’t do well with certain medications, whether over the counter or prescription, and our pets are no different. Since our pets can’t tell us if they think their heart has been beating fast for a few months or their stomach has been hurting lately, it is important for a doctor to do an exam to make sure your pet is healthy enough to take medications.
Also like us, some furry friends handle ingredients differently. For example, cats should not be exposed to some ingredients in dog preventatives. We know which products are safe but over the counter products are not always as clear.
There’s only one way we can guarantee our products and that is by working directly with the manufacturer. They stand behind their product.
Visit our Cat-a-logue to learn more about cats and flea preventative (and to find other resources geared specifically for cats).