Parasite Prevention for a Pest-Free Pets

pet fleas

Fleas and ticks are a big problem in our area and trying to get rid of them is more difficult than preventing them. In fact, we recommend that your pet receive flea and tick prevention treatments year-round. Flea prevention products can guard your pet from the discomfort of flea infestation. Using flea prevention on your pet will prevent fleas from taking up residence in your home.

Rea Road's pharmacy carries many different products to prevent fleas. The newest products contain growth inhibitors so that fleas cannot mature and lay eggs. Not every product is right for every pet. Your pet's veterinarian may recommend a topical treatment or may decide that an oral medication or pill is the right way to administer a preventive.

Ticks carry disease that can devastate pet and human health alike. They may carry

  • Lyme disease
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever
  • Erhlichia

All of these can be avoided with tick preventives and by periodically examining your dog or cat. Ticks' natural habitats are areas of vegetation. Grassy areas like meadows are places for them to hide, as are woods and weeds. If you have been outdoors with your dog, before coming inside, make sure to inspect him or her carefully, especially around the feet, head, ears, and neck. Remove the tick with tweezers, being careful not to touch it and wrap it in toilet tissue. Dispose of it by flushing it or dropping it into a container of rubbing alcohol.

"We are so pleased and blessed to have Dr. Dozier and your clinic. Time and time again, you all and Dr. Dozier especially have been unfailingly kind, considerate and caring beyond most of any care we have experienced at vets. Having bred goldens for over 50 years we have experienced many vet clinics. Dr. Dozier tops them all. He is unhurried, makes one feel like you are his only client in all the world, takes his time, is thorough and careful and you feel you have his 100% undivided attention. No vet in the hundreds we have worked with has been so available, so kind, willing to take his time, as Dr. Dozier. HE IS THE BEST! Certainly the wonderful staff is a reflection, plus we comment all the time that Dr. Dozier seems to have very little turn over. You all must be happy and respected. Bless you all!" - Ann Chase
"We love Dr. Michael!! She has been so wonderful going down the path with us on our elderly yellow Lab, Bailey Baroo. She has worked with us to find the right blend of food, medicine and exercise to give us more years with him and we appreciate that when she hears hoof beats she thinks horses, not zebras! Everyone at RRAH is wonderful, but Dr. Michael is extra special!" -Lesli An Orio
"Rea Road has been our family vet since the day they opened. I would not trust my pets to anyone else." - Michelle Kingston
"Best vets ever in Charlotte! They have taken such amazing care of my kids and of me, their fretting mom. I wouldn't trust anyone else." - Pamela Shaw
"Rea Road has the most caring staff. Dr. Dozier is truly wonderful! We have taken our babies there for years and they truly love them as much as we do." - Mattie Collins-Walker
"Very simply, we love Rea Road Animal Hospital. Knowledgeable, kind and compassionate!" - Heather Theriault
"Rea Road Animal Hospital has been our vet since we moved to Charlotte 9 years ago. Our dog, Bandit, will be 18 years old in September and we attribute his longevity to the doctors and especially the staff at this establishment. We have recommended the facility to our friends and neighbors and they have used the hospital for vet services, boarding, grooming and a place to love their pets." - Stephen & Heidi Kramer