Flea & Tick Control in Dogs

Our goal at Kirkwood Animal Hospital is to educate our clients about the best ways to help their pets live longer, healthier lives. Parasites, both internal and external, are among the most common problems facing our patients – and their loving owners.

The Foundation of Parasite Control is:

  • Heartworm Preventionlogotrifexis
  • Intestinal Parasite control
  • Flea control

Administered monthly, Trifexis™ will prevent Heartworms, Hookworms, Whipworms, Roundworms – it will also kill/prevent fleas. 

There are currently no products available on the market that control internal parasites, fleas, AND ticks. While there are lots of products on the market for tick control in Dogs, Kirkwood Animal Hospital recommends Vectra3D™ for tick control because it is:


  • More Effective
  • Lasts longer than other products
  • Repels fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and biting flies, sand flies, lice and mites

Rapid kill or prevention of feeding is most important in the prevention of diseases transmitted by ticks. While it is generally accepted that killing ticks within 24-48 hours will prevent disease transmission, this is not always the case. Thus, it is important to use a product that both repels and kills ticks quickly. There are several variables that will effect the longevity and efficacy of all tick control products – frequent bathing, swimming, re-infestation from your yard or neighborhood, and wild life spread.

No product is 100% effective in killing, repelling and preventing disease transmission from occurring. 



Why is flea control so important to my dog?

Fleas carry diseases and internal parasites such as tapeworms. They are a nuisance to the pet and the family, and can result in flea allergies and severe skin infections. Integrated flea control can prevent and treat flea infestations and the health problems associated with them.


There are several important differences between fleas & ticks that require attention and care to ensure the health & happiness of your dog.

  • Ticks are harder to control than fleas because ticks are present everywhere in the environment. It is also virtually impossible to control ticks outside.
  • Ticks care many diseases! It must be remembered that treatments aimed at eliminating existing tick infestations are frequently applied too late to prevent disease and distress in pets. Depending on your dog’s exposure to ticks (going to the lake, wooded areas, etc.) they would benefit greatly by being placed on preventative tick control Vectra-3D™ throughout their life.


Want to learn about fleas and ticks? Click here to learn more about major parasites and their life cycles.

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