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Posted on 08-23-2018

Parasite Prevention is Key for Healthy Fur Friends At All Friends Veterinary Hospital in East Islip, NY

There is a saying, "like fleas on a dog" used to describe something common or expected. But fleas should not be something considered normal or expected on a pet. Fleas, ticks, mites, and other biting insects can make your pet uncomfortable at best, and shorten their lifespan at worst. Not to mention the fact that they bring their parasitic pests home to you. Some biting pest can cause a range of illnesses that can affect both humans and pets including Rocky Mountain Fever, Lyme Disease, and Heartworms. All is not doomed though, there is veterinarian care for parasite prevention and treatment. 

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How to Keep Your Islip Pets Flea and Tick Free This Season

  • Start with preventative measures. There are veterinarian prescribed flea and tick repellents that keep your pet pest free for a set amount of time. Also, natural vet approved remedies such as peppermint oil shampoos and collars work well. Discuss preventative measures for your dog with your vet. 
  • Keep your yard pet-friendly and insect repellant. Keeping your yard mowed and raked will reduce pests like fleas and ticks significantly. Also, dump any standing water to reduce heartworm spreading mosquitoes. There are certain plants that repel insects as well, such as lemongrass and citronella. 
  • Stay diligent. This means checking your pet often for ticks and fleas. Ticks like to hide in areas like ears and under the leg joints, fleas congregate in areas with thinner skin. Wash your dog and remove any pests by hand. 
  • Avoid cross-contamination if you have more than one pet. If you treat one pet for an infestation, go ahead and treat the whole pet family and wash all the bedding to prevent the pests from returning. Remember that when the fleas are gone, they may have left their eggs to hatch in six weeks. 

Contact All Friends Veterinary Hospital in East Islip, NY for More Information!

Call Our All Friends Veterinary Hospital in East Islip, NY at 631-277-8700 to schedule an appointment for parasite prevention today. A pest-free pet is a happy pet, so don't delay through these hot summer months. Remember the sooner you fix a flea problem the easier it will be to manage, and prevention is the best medicine. 

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I can not say enough about these wonderful people. Dr. Reda is the most compassionate veterinarian I have ever met. My beloved dog passed from cancer, but they were there every step of the way with any questions or concerns, even when they were oh vacation and I was totally distraught about it, they made sure to address my concerns and never made me feel like I was crazy. There should be more people like Dr. Reda and his staff in this business. I am forever grateful for all of you.

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