Q: Are topical pesticide products, like a spot-on or collar, safer than the oral preventives?
A: There are safe and effective products available in spot-on formulations, collar delivery systems, and oral tablet forms. Safety and efficacy always depends upon the proper use of the product. No one product is safe for all pets in all situations. Likewise, no product will be 100% effective in all situations. That’s why it’s important to talk to your veterinarian about your pet’s specific health and lifestyle conditions when considering a prevention strategy.
Q: Do veterinarians advocate more dangerous flea and tick prevention products just to make a profit?
A: This was the ridiculous accusation made to a recent Facebook post by our practice. At least I thought it was ridiculous, until I saw other people agreeing with the commenter! Veterinarians devote their lives to helping animals and take an oath to always act in their best interests. While any occupation is bound to have a few bad apples, the people who work in veterinary medicine are some of the most caring, self-less people you will find anywhere – especially when it comes to the well-being of pets. As experts in parasitology, pharmacology, toxicology, and animal health, veterinarians should be one of your primary sources when making decisions about your pet’s parasite control. Certainly, his or her recommendation should carry more credibility than internet commenters, no matter how inflammatory their accusations.