EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FLEAS
- Just because you don't see them, it doesn't mean they aren't there. Fleas tend to stay deep in your pet's coat where they are difficult to detect. They are also tiny and they move really fast.
- Even strictly indoor pets can get fleas. Fleas are teeny tiny and can easily sneak into any home with a likely host.
- Fleas can live dormant in the environment for up to a year. They will hatch when exposed to light and vibration.
- Not every pet is allergic to flea bites. That is why you'll see varied reactions from one pet to another. Unfortunately, if you pet is allergic to flea bites it only takes one bite to start a huge reaction.
- Fleas can be deadly. If a pet is extremely infested with fleas they can become anemic and die. This is especially risky with very young and very old pets.
HOW TO TREAT FLEA ALLERGIES
- Flea allergies will make a pet extremely itchy and uncomfortable. It they go untreated, the constant scratching can lead to staff infections, hair loss and a miserable pet.
- Treatment may include anti-inflammatory medications, antibiotics, and/or medicated shampoos.
- Treatment will definitely include flea preventative medication.
FLEA PREVENTATIVE MEDICATIONS
- There are so many options out there! Be cautious to always purchase the appropriate strength according to your pet's weight.
- Never put a flea product on a cat unless it's specifically labeled for felines. Cats are very sensitive to many flea products and can become very ill. If your cat seems to be reacting to a topical flea product, bathe it and then bring it immediately to your vet.
- We recommend Cheristin (a topical medication) or Comfortis (an oral medication) for cats.
- For dogs we recommend Comfortis (controls fleas), Nexgard (controls fleas and ticks) or Trifexis (controls fleas, heartworm and many intestinal parasites) depending on your pet's needs. All of these are oral medications.
- All pets in the household should be treated monthly, and we recommend year long flea control here in the Bay Area due to our temperate climate.
- Good Sam is selling FLEA BUNDLES through the end of August. Buy a one year supply and save 15%. Call our office for more information (510)357-8574.
HOW TO TREAT THE ENVIRONMENT
- If there are fleas on the pets, there are fleas in the environment.
- We highly recommend treating your house and yard to get a handle on the flea population.
- We recommend using Knockout Spray or Fleas Busters powder in the home. Vacuum first, and re-treat at least one time, 7 to 10 days after the initial treatment. You may need to re-treat several times depending on the severity of your infestation.
- For the yard, we recommend using a yard & kennel spray, or hiring a professional exterminating company. Again, re-treat at least one time.
Good Sam is offering a 15% discount on a one year supply of flea control medications (Advantage, Frontline, Comfortis, Trifexis, Cheristin and Nexgard) through August! All of these companies are also offering rebates, so you get to save twice! Call our office today and order your flea bundles! (510) 357-8574
Good Sam is offering a 20% discount on micro-chips from June 1 to July 3! Did you know that the single day the most pets go missing is July 4th? Protect your pets from becoming lost and save money at the same time. Call our office to arrange a drop-in appointment. (510) 357-8574
Get your muddy buddies all sparkly clean and save money! Your pets will get the full spa treatment — bath, pedicure, ear cleaning, anal gland expression (dogs only) — and you only pay for the bath! Schedule a spa day for your fuzzy friend today!
Offer expires April 30, 2017
Buy a one year supply of either Heartgard or Trifexis and save 15%! PLUS, both Heartgard and Trifexis are offering rebates on a 12 month purchase, meaning you can save with us, then save with them!
Offer expires 5/31/17
We've extended our dental special to the end of March! If you make an appointment this month, you'll save 15% on all our dental services, including pre-anesthetic lab work. But what about after your pet's teeth cleaning? You'll want to follow up with a proper dental care routine to keep those teeth as squeaky clean as possible.
Here are some of the dental products we recommend:
Toothpastes, Toothbrushes, Finger Brushes
Ideally your pet's teeth should be brushed daily using a toothbrush and toothpaste specifically made for pets only. We sell a variety of flavored toothpastes, including poultry, beef, and seafood. They're safe to ingest and can be used on both cats and dogs. After your pet's dental cleaning, you may want to wait two weeks before brushing your pet's teeth. If there are extractions, for example, they will need time to heal. Our veterinarians and staff will advise you on when is the best time to start.
C.E.T Oral Hygiene Rinse
If brushing your pet's teeth is too difficult, you may want to look into using an oral rinse. The one we sell at our clinic contains Chlorhexidine (an antiseptic), is safe to ingest, and will help to freshen breath and decrease bacteria in your pet's mouth.
C.E.T Dental Chews
Available at Good Sam for both cats and dogs, these treats are coated with enzymes and antiseptics to help prevent dental disease. Please take care to supervise your pet while chewing to prevent choking or obstruction. Remove the chew if you notice your pet trying to swallow a large portion.
Hill's Prescription Diet t/d
A prescription diet called t/d is available for purchase at Good Sam and may be recommended depending on your pet's degree of dental disease. Dental diets have been formulated to help minimize tartar build-up.