SUMMER (AND TRAVEL) PARASITES

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21/07/2016
While fleas and ticks might feed on your pets at any time of the year, it’s during warm weather that they can become a real nuisance. To help you understand the sometimes bewildering variety of external parasite control products, here is a list of products (in alphabetical order) that we use at the London Vet Clinic.

ADVANTAGE (Imidacloprid)
A monthly spot-on product to control fleas in cats and dogs.
Activity on dogs is reduced after swimming (or washing).

ADVANTIX (Imidacloprid and Permethrin)
A monthly spot-on product to control fleas, ticks, sandflies and mosquitoes in dogs only.
We recommend using this product on your dog when visiting continental Europe.
Activity on dogs is reduced after swimming (or washing).
NEVER USE A PRODUCT CONTAINING PERMETHRIN ON A CAT OR ON A DOG THAT LIVES WITH CATS. IT IS TOXIC TO CATS.
 
ADVOCATE (Imidacloprid and Moxidectin)
A monthly spot-on product to control fleas, ear mites and a variety of other internal parasites (including lungworm) in dogs and cats.
This product also kills sarcoptic (fox) mange.
Activity on dogs is reduced after swimming (or washing).

CAPSTAR (Nitenpyram)
A monthly tablet to control fleas in cats.

FRONTLINE (Fipronil)
A monthly spot-on product to control fleas and ticks in dogs and cats.
Activity on dogs is not reduced after swimming (or washing).

FRONTLINE COMBO (Fipronil and (s)-methoprene
A monthly spot-on to control fleas, and prevent flea eggs from hatching, and control ticks in dogs and cats.
Activity on dogs is not reduced after swimming (or washing).

PROGRAM (Lufenuron)
A monthly tablet, liquid or injection to prevent flea eggs hatching. Fleas must take a meal from the dog or cat so this product is not used when a single flea bite triggers an allergic reaction.)

SCALIBOR (Deltamethrin)
An insecticide collar to control fleas, ticks, sandflies and mosquitoes in dogs.
We recommend using this product on your dog when visiting continental Europe.

STRONGHOLD (Selamectin)
A monthly spot-on product to control fleas and ear mites in dogs and cats.
This product also kills sarcoptic (fox) mange.
 
HOW WE USE PARASITE CONTROL PRODUCTS
We suggest using the minimum amount of external parasite control that is possible.
Indoor cats in our experience do not need parasite control unless they live with other pets that go outdoors and can bring parasites back with them.
Outdoors cats in London will virtually always pick up fleas during the summer. Use monthly prevention from March onwards.
Dogs with skin allergies should have preventative flea treatment applied monthly.
Dogs that visit Richmond Park (or out of town woods) should have tick control treatment applied starting in March.
Dogs known to be attractive to fleas should have preventative flea treatment applied from May onwards.
Dogs that never get fleas probably don’t need routine external parasite prevention.
We will text you if we start seeing increased numbers of dogs or cats with fleas.
To ensure you receive texts please, if you haven’t already done so, send your preferred text number and email address to jenny@londonvetclinic.co.uk

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