Flea and tick prevention

Some areas of the United States are heavily infested with ticks carrying everything from Rocky Mountain spotted fever to Lyme disease. Many of which can even be transmitted directly to humans as well as cats and dogs. Northern New Mexico is not generally seen as a tick and tick-borne disease hotbed, but there are certainly still places here where ticks can be found, especially near water sources and in the mountains. 

Fleas, on the other hand, are of particular concern to residents of the Santa Fe area. Our local populations of ground squirrels, prairie dogs, pack rats, and rabbits are great hosts for fleas, and are also a reservoir for the bacteria that cause plague and tularemia, both of which are serious diseases that can make people and pets very sick. We generally see several dogs and cats test positive for plague or tularemia every year.

For more information on plague and tularemia, including an FAQ and other preventive measures, click here: SMITH VET HOSPITAL PLAGUE & TULAREMIA HAND-OUT. 

When animals or humans are bitten by a flea or tick that has recently fed on another infected creature, the infection can easily be passed on. The best way to reduce the possibility of this happening to you or your pets is to keep them on flea and tick prevention during the warmer times of year, when fleas and ticks are most active. 

We carry a number of different flea and tick preventatives for cats and dogs.

Some are given by mouth (oral) and others are applied to the skin (topical), but they are all (like heartworm preventative medication) given once monthly.

Depending on your pet's lifestyle, there may be certain medications that are more or less suitable for him or her, so don't hesitate to ask one of our staff members about which is best. 

For dogs

Oral: Nexgard, Sentinel (flea eggs only)

Topical: Frontline Gold, Revolution (fleas only; also a heartworm preventative)

For cats

Topical: Frontline Gold, Revolution (fleas only; also a heartworm preventative)