Livermore is finally warming up, and the trees and plants are blooming once again. That’s great for those of us who have been waiting for spring, but it has also been bringing with it fleas, ticks, and environmental allergies. I don’t know about other veterinary hospitals, but here at Ohana Animal Hospital we have been seeing red and gooey eyes, and itchy dogs, cats, and rabbits all day long! Poor Dr. Steffes has been sniffly and sneezy as well, so he is extra understanding of how your pet feels now as well! Let’s take a little while to discuss what we can do to keep our pets comfortable in the safest, and most effective ways possible.
First of all, let’s take a look at what we are using to prevent pesky fleas from causing your dog, cat, or rabbit unwanted discomfort. Unfortunately, there is not just one product that works the best for every animal, and not all products do the same thing. My favorite products for dogs are currently Nexgard and Bravecto, and there are a couple of reasons why. I have found that dogs LIKE THE TASTE of the chew treats, and we all know how difficult it can be to give a dog medication. When the dog likes the chew tablet it much less stressful for you at home. They Work, and they seem to keep dogs from being itchy, which is our whole reason for using them in the first place. I have also found them to be Very Safe, and I know that is often one of the biggest concerns owners have when using flea and tick products. These products are even being shown to be effective for other parasitic diseases such as demodex and sarcoptes mites!!
For cats and rabbits my favorite product is Revolution. Revolution is a topical, spot-on product, which is very easy to apply to the neck and back of cats and rabbits. I don’t know if you have ever tried to give a rabbit a pill, but let’s just say there are simpler tasks. I lean towards Revolution currently because it has been shown to be safe, effective, and easy to use. I actually use Revolution in rabbits and other exotic animals to treat many other skin diseases as well, so there are lots of benefits to using this product. Hedgehogs are really difficult to medicate, but a topical product makes treatment simple. Revolution even helps prevent heartworm disease, which can be a problem for cats and ferrets.
Have you noticed your dog’s eyes being red, scratchy, and building up yellow debris lately?? You are not alone! This week has been full of environmental irritation causing redness of the eyes, irritation, and gooey buildup near the eyes. Of course environmental allergies are not the only cause for a red eye, and it is important to discuss this with your veterinarian. Your vet will likely want to test the tear production in the eyes to rule out a disease called keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), test for a corneal ulcer with a fluorescein stain (green dye that helps find tears in the cornea), and may even recommend testing the pressure in the eye to rule out glaucoma and inflammation in the eye. Environmental allergies will result in normal test results, and can generally be very easily treated with some special drops. Don’t let your dog’s eyes be irritated and scratchy, give your vet a call so they can fix the problem!
Worried about the cost of the newest and most effective flea and tick products? We want your animals comfortable just like you do, and we have some ways we make it very affordable for you to get your hands on these products. Stop by Ohana Animal Hospital, or give us a call, and we can tell you about our individual monthly dose plans! We all want the best for our pets these days, and we are here to help. If you have another flea or tick preventative that you love we are not going to try to change your mind, but if you need a little help this year let’s talk.