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    Safe Cat Flea Treatments & the Danger of Pyrethrin and Pyrethroid Toxicity


    You might not have ever heard the words “pyrethrin,” “pyrethroid,” or “permethrin,” but if you hate fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes and have pets, there’s a good chance you’ve got a pyrethrin or pyrethroid-containing product in your home. And if you have a cat, there are things you absolutely need to know about these insect-killing compounds in order to keep your cat safe. 

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    Fleas! How To Prevent and Treat Your Cat's Greatest Nuisance


    If you have pets, you’ve probably experienced fleas or heard horror stories from others who have. Fleas are miserable pests that can wreak havoc on a household.

    Understanding how to prevent fleas and how to treat your pets if they become infested are the keys to this nuisance. Fortunately, there are several easy ways to help prevent your pet from bringing fleas home plus some good treatments available if the worst does happen.

    Prevention Is Best

    Flea prevention is the easiest and most cost-effective way to deal with fleas - the costs and inconvenience of dealing with an infestation once it’s established are far worse than those associated with preventing such an infestation from taking hold in the first place. As with most things… prevention is easier (and less expensive) than treatment.

    Tips

    • For flea prevention to be effective, ALL pets in the household need to be on a monthly program -- even indoor-only cats!
    • As with most things… prevention is easier (and cheaper) than treatment.
    • Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum!

    Why Flea Prevention Medication Should Be Year Round

    Generally pets should be on flea prevention throughout the year. You might have heard that you don’t need to continue flea prevention when it’s cold outside, but I highly discourage this. There are just too many ways for fleas to take hold and keep themselves going.

    For example, one stage of the flea life cycle is the pupal stage, a lifestage that is protected from the environment by a cocoon. Pupal-stage fleas can remain dormant for several weeks while waiting for more favorable conditions. Also, in some areas, when the weather gets cooler, rodents start trying to seek shelter in homes. Those mice and rats could easily bring plenty of fleas into your home.

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    Topics: Cat Health, flea control, cat fleas, flea treatment, Fleas on Cats, Fleas in Carpet, How to Get Rid of Fleas, fleas in home, fleas in house, fleas on kittens, kill fleas

    An Overview of Summer Pet Safety

    Come June, who among you isn’t ready for the sunshine, BBQs, fireworks, trips to the river, lake, beach, and all the other joys that summer brings?

    Believe it or not, there is one group that likely isn’t ready…
    your pets!

    With a few simple steps you can help prepare your pets and keep them safe this summer. This article will serve as an overview of the summer hazards that commonly sicken, injure, and kill cats and dogs this time of year. Awareness is such an important part of prevention. So please, give this article a good read and be sure to share it with your pet-loving friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers. Here’s to a safe and wonderful summer for all – human and pet, alike!

    Summer Pet Safety Tips:

    1. Summer carries dangers from heat, water, toxins, and an increase in injuries.
    2. Always consider your pet’s safety and comfort.
    3. Sometimes it’s better to leave your pet safe in the home, rather than exposed to danger.

    HEAT

    Though that beautiful glowing orb in the sky improves our collective mood and helps to sustain life on our planet, it can lead to a few significant problems for our beloved pets, too.
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    Topics: Dog Safety, Cat Safety, flea treatment, High Rise Syndrome, Dogs, Safety, Cats, Summer, Heat Stroke, Pets, Swimming, Boating, Barbeques, Sunburn, Blue Green Algae, Snails, Paw Pad Burns, Fireworks, Slugs, Antifreeze

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    Please do not ask emergency or other specific medical questions about your pets in the blog comments. As an online informational resource, Preventive Vet is unable to and does not provide specific medical advice or counseling. A thorough physical exam, patient history, and an established veterinary-patient-client relationship is required to provide specific medical advice. If you are worried that your pet is having an emergency or if you have specific medical questions related to your pet’s current or chronic medical conditions, please contact or visit your veterinarian, an animal-specific poison control hotline, or your local emergency veterinary care center.

    Please share your experiences and stories, your opinions and feedback about this blog, or what you've learned that you'd like to share with others.