At Home Flea Remedies: The Bad, the Worse, and the Ugly

WelsNat_iStock_000047785894_Large (3)It is finally starting to warm up in Massachusetts. With the sunshine and short sleeve shirts, though, come some not-so-fun visitors. As the weather warms many insects become more active, not the least of which is our friend the flea.

While your veterinarian at Wellesley-Natick Veterinary Hospital are more than happy to help you develop a good parasite prevention plan for your pet, many people still turn to the Internet and word of mouth for do-it-yourself at home flea remedies. Keep reading to learn why we don’t advocate these treatments and what you can do to protect your pet from parasites.

Debunking Popular at Home Flea Remedies

It only takes a quick Google search to stumble upon a dozen or so at home flea remedies for pets. Here are a few of the more commonly recommended treatments and our concerns: Continue…

Formidable Foes: Best Practices For Protecting Pets From Parasites

Happy little dog smilingThe mere mention of bed bugs, head lice, or tapeworms can send any level-headed human into a paranoid frenzy. Likewise, fleas and ticks deserve a strong reaction – and your pet could be at risk this coming spring and summer.

These blood-sucking freeloaders are about to wake up from winter’s slumber, and neither fleas nor ticks discriminate on who provides the next meal. Wellesley-Natick Veterinary Hospital cares about protecting pets from parasites, and hope our preventative practices help you in the coming months.

Understanding Fleas

Fleas are wingless insects that jump from host to host. Of the nearly 3,000 different types of fleas found worldwide, the cat flea is the most common culprit among domestic dogs and cats. Continue…

Pet Parasites: Take Control Before They Take Over

SONY DSC If you are the responsible owner of a puppy or kitten, you know that the right vaccinations and proper nutrition help enormously when it comes to a positive head start in life. As does dental care, following exercise recommendations and safety precautions, and showing up to your pet’s wellness exam,. But a major component to the successful wellness and preventive approach is screening for, and managing, pet parasites. Continue…