Spring Weather Brings Special Challenges for Pets
Feb 28, 2019 05:29PM
However, there are plenty of good, effective, environmentally and human- and animal-friendly alternatives. Nematodes, available on Amazon, combat fleas in the yard. But a healthy pet with healthy coat and skin generally do not attract fleas and ticks in the first place. Good diets include no highly processed dry kibble; these are very pro-inflammatory by their very nature, and whole, fresh foods as close to original form as possible. If the need arises to address fleas or ticks, start with repellents such as Vetri-Science Repel, which comes in a spray or wipe. For houses and bedding, diatomaceous earth works well.
Avoid anything that is injected into the animal’s body and lasts for six months, such as Proheart to prevent heartworms; it is devastating to their health. Stay away from anything that lasts a long time in the body and has multiple pesticides and parasiticides in it, such as Bravecto or Nexgard. These may lead to seizures, liver, and kidney disease in very young animals that should not have these issues or even cancer.
Heartgard, Sentinel, Interceptor, Capstar and Seresto collars all are products that have been around for many years and have proven safe when used as directed and as needed. Products such as Revolution and Advantage seem relatively safe if not used all year-round. When it comes to pesticides, parasiticides and herbicides, less or none is best whenever possible.
Kim Hombs, DVM, CVA, CVH, FAAVA, owns the Atrium Animal Hospital and Wellness Center, located at 6520 McMahon Dr., in Charlotte. For appointments, call 704-542-2000.