Veterinary Services

Parasite Prevention in Smithville, TN

Preventing fleas starts with us.

Fleas are unpleasant and can make you and your pet sick. They can also be challenging to eliminate, especially if you develop an infestation in your home. Ticks can make your pet anemic and exhausted and transmit viruses, including Lyme disease. Mosquitos can transmit heartworms which can be devastating for your cat or dog, as can intestinal parasites, some of which can be transmitted to humans. At Dekalb Animal Clinic, we take parasite prevention seriously to protect you and your pet.

We carry various safe and effective products for preventing fleas, ticks, and other parasites. We can personalize recommendations based on your pet’s age, health, and lifestyle. As with any medication, these products must be used as directed and under the supervision of a veterinarian. Unlike the parasite preventatives we recommend, products available as over-the-counter or “natural” remedies have not been through rigorous safety and efficacy trials. These products not only might not work, but they can also be hazardous to your pet and are therefore not recommended.

DeKalb Animal Clinic
Fleas are killed by bravecto, which also inhibits infestations. In addition to killing lone star ticks for 8 weeks, Bravecto Chew also kills the black-legged tick, American dog tick, and brown dog tick for a period of 12 weeks. Ticks (black-legged ticks) are killed for 12 weeks by Bravecto Topical for Cats, and American dog ticks are killed for 8 weeks.
  • Dogs are protected by REVOLUTION® (selamectin) against a range of typical internal and external parasites. For dogs 6 weeks and older, REVOLUTION is the first FDA-approved topical treatment that prevents heartworm disease, kills adult fleas, stops flea eggs from hatching, prevents and controls flea infestations, treats and controls ear mites, treats and controls sarcoptic mange, and prevents and controls infestations of American dog ticks.
  • REVOLUTION shields cats from Ctenocephalides felis (fleas), Dirofilaria immitis (heartworms), Toxocara cati (roundworms), Acylostoma tubaeforme (hookworms), and Ctenocephalides felis (fleas) (Otodectes cynotis).
Permethrin Poison

Over-the-counter products containing the ingredient permethrin should never be used on cats.

Signs of Cat Permethrin Toxicity:

  • Muscle tremors
  • Twitching
  • Seizures
  • Salivation
  • Fever
  • Dilated Pupils

Contact us immediately if your cat experiences any of these symptoms, as permethrin poisoning can be fatal.