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July 12, 2013

Keeping ticks off your pets

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5. It’s unreasonable to expect a topical product to be unaffected by repeated swimming or bathing. Any topical product can have reduced effectiveness if Fido is bathed a lot or swims frequently.

6. Certain products are more likely than others to wash off. Your veterinarian can help you wade through this information.

7. Certain medicated shampoos can strip the coat of topical parasite prevention. Talk to your veterinarian before using shampoos.

8. Topical products need to be applied properly in order to maximize their effectiveness. Your veterinary team can teach you how to apply the product correctly for optimal tick prevention. If your pet is squirmy, ask your veterinary team for help. Most offices are happy to do this as a complimentary service every month.

9. If pesticides concern you, let your veterinarian know. Remember that ticks are difficult to kill, so options are limited. However, topical medicines (as opposed to pesticides) are available.

10. The goal is to keep your pet and family safe. Pets can bring ticks into the home, infecting two-legged family members.

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Dr. Heidi Bassler practices at Bassler Veterinary Hospital (www.BasslerVet.com). She hosts a radio show, “Your Pet’s Health,” every Sunday morning at 8:30 on AM-1450 WNBP. Do you have questions for Dr. Bassler? Send them to heidibasslerdvm@comcast.net.

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