Flea and Tick Control

Dog in need of flea and tick control at Kitsap Veterinary Hospital

Like most pet owners, you probably enjoy spending quality time with your pets both indoors and out. Don't leave them at risk for any unwelcome visits from pesky parasites like fleas and ticks. Fleas and ticks can be very damaging to the human-animal bond, particularly when flea invasion gets out of control or when ticks hitch a ride with your pet. Not only can these unfriendly parasites make your pets extremely uncomfortable, they can pose grave health risks.

Most indoor environments and our own Washington State offer fleas a perfect combination of temperature and humidity that allows them to vigorously thrive, acting as a nuisance to pets and their people . Consider the following "flea facts":

  • One single flea can bite your pet up 400 times a day
  • A female flea can lay 2000 eggs in its' short 2-3 month life span
  • Fleas are an intermediate host frequently to blame for internal Tape Worm infection
  • The adult flea you may see only represents 5% of the infestation, the rest is in often unseen egg, larval, and pupae stages, in the process of becoming biting irritants to your pets

Preventative measures should be taken year round. By undergoing measures to inhibit these outbreaks, the diseases these parasites transmit to pets and people can also be mitigated or prevented.

There are many safe and effective flea and tick control products available, and our veterinary team will help you choose the correct preventive regimen based on your pet's risk factors and health status. Once a year, it is important to discuss with your veterinarian which external pest control products are ideal for your household, based upon the everyday life of your pet.