Flea and Tick Products:

Protect Those You Love From Disease

Man walking dog in the forest

At Columbia Pike Animal Hospital, our veterinarians and staff are dedicated to preventing illness and disease. One of the ways we achieve this is through regular pet wellness exams.

Whether it’s for a puppy or kitten, an adult dog or cat, or a senior pet, these exams give us a chance to perform a complete physical and ensure your pet has no health issues that need to be addressed.

In addition, it allows us to screen for parasites and recommend specific preventatives that will protect not only your pet, but also your family from disease.

Fleas

Even if your pet does not currently have fleas, a simple walk through an infested area can quickly change that. These pesky parasites can carry tape worms, and they cause pets extreme discomfort. They are also the culprits behind a human disease called cat scratch fever. If your pet is allergic, all it takes is one flea bite to set off a reaction. Thankfully, there are many products available that will protect your pet and your home.

We recommend that pets be on flea preventive year round due to the variable Northern Virginia climate. It can also take 6–9 months to fully eradicate a flea infestation from your home. Our veterinarians will be happy to discuss the various flea treatment options available and help you select the one best suited to your pet’s needs.

Ticks

Not only do ticks pose a danger to your pet, they also can threaten your family’s health as well. There are many zoonotic tick-borne illnesses that are endemic to our region. These include Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. A quick in-clinic blood test will reveal whether your pet has been infected. However, prevention is much easier, safer, and more cost-effective.

Our veterinarians recommend that all canine patients 16 weeks of age and older receive the dog vaccination for Lyme disease. In addition, we suggest that cats and dogs receive monthly tick treatment via one of the many preventives available. Please contact us if you would like additional information about which product may be right for your pet.

Heartworm

Heartworms are also endemic to the Northern Virginia area. These deadly parasites are transmitted via an infected mosquito, and dogs, cats, and ferrets are at risk. Our veterinarians recommend heartworm protection for all of our pet patients—including indoor cats—throughout the year. An added benefit of heartworm preventive is that it also protects your pet from many other common parasites, including roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms.

Pet Pharmacy

For our current clients, our full-service pet pharmacy carries a complete range of flea, tick, and heartworm products. Our prices are competitive, and all of our pet medications are fully guaranteed by the manufacturers, unlike with most online retailers. You are welcome to stop by our hospital or order online from the convenience of your own home. We look forward to helping you and your pet!