Parasite Prevention & Control

Parasite Prevention and Control for Dogs and Cats

Cats and dogs are susceptible to a number of parasitic infections. Some pet parasites are actually zoonotic – meaning they can infect people as well as animals. To keep your pet and your family safe and healthy, Mount Carmel Animal Hospital recommends year-round parasite protection.

Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks are more than a troublesome nuisance. They can cause skin problems, irritation, and transmit diseases.

There are a multitude of flea and tick products available today, but they are not all equally effective or safe. Over the counter products readily available at a discount store or feed store may be a tempting option due to accessibility and low price, but use caution. Many of these products actually have harmful side effects and limited effectiveness. The veterinarians at Mount Carmel Animal Hospital have carefully selected the products that we offer bases on effectiveness, safety, and cost. Spending a small amount more on quality products help keep your pet and your family safe and healthy.

Our preferred product for flea and tick control in both dogs and cats is Bravecto which provides 12 weeks of protection. Bravecto is available as a chewable tablet for dogs and a topical liquid for cats. It is highly effective and with coverage lasting 12 weeks, very convenient. We offer other options for clients who prefer a monthly product.

There are probably hundreds of flea and tick treatments and products on the market today. How does one navigate through the choices?

At Mount Carmel Animal hospital we do extensive research to find the safest and most efficacious medicine we can find. We ask questions such as:

  • Do you own both dogs and cats?
  • Do you have young children in the house?
  • Can you pill your dog or cat?
  • Is your pet allergic to fleas?

Not every medication is the same so we tailor every treatment differently depending on the household’s specific needs. We are professionals and we will find the right flea and tick medications for you – we guarantee it!