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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, August 24, 2003

Modern pest fighters better than collars, powders, sprays

Hawaiian Humane Society

Our warm climate is the perfect breeding ground for fleas and ticks, which can make life miserable for our beloved animal companions.

Since heartworm 2 is spread by mosquitoes, the climate also contributes to the spread of this disease.

Fighting fleas and ticks used to be a hard-to-win struggle. As soon as you finished dipping the dog, bathing the cat, vacuuming the carpet, fogging the house and sprinkling on powders, those pesky parasites would be ready to attack again.

Today, pet owners can win not only the battles, but also the war against pests. New veterinary products have proved extremely effective in helping cats and dogs remain free of parasites.

Flea bites cause allergies, anemia, and transmit internal parasites such as tapeworms to your pet. Many people are allergic to them too.

Ticks attach themselves to animals and feed on their blood. Some transmit diseases that can make pets and people ill.

Parasitic heartworms live in the arteries of the lungs and in the right side of the heart. Untreated, they will grow and multiply, clogging the heart and causing death.

Controlling fleas, ticks and heartworms is easier now with treatments that kill the pests or interrupt their reproduction. Monthly pills, chewable tablets, sprays, topical drops, collars — often used in combination — may be needed to treat these creepy critters.

The medication you use will depend on the type of pet and how much time it spends outside.The best advice is to consult your veterinarian, who will prescribe the appropriate combination and strength of medications based on your pet's weight, lifestyle and age.

Be sure to follow instructions carefully and call your veterinarian if you have questions.

Keeping your animal safe can be as simple as administering a tablet or applying a topical ointment once a month. Some products combine flea-control products with monthly heartworm preventive. Place the reminder stickers on your calendar so you won't forget to repeat the procedure again next month.

No matter which products your veterinarian prescribes, you will find the new products easier to use and more effective than sprays, collars, powders and shampoos.

Those itchy fleas, disgusting ticks and life-threatening heartworms don't stand a chance against the outstanding products available today.

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