"With cases of Lyme and other insect-borne diseases a growing concern, controlling and preventing these pests on your pet is very important," said John F. Prange, DVM, past president of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition.
"The latest technology in flea and tick control for pets is available in over-the-counter products, so a sound prevention program no longer has to be expensive or inconvenient for pet owners."
A good flea and tick prevention and control program for dogs and cats helps reduce health risks that are related to parasite infestations.
"Many veterinarians like to use the phrase ‘prevent and protect' because the best way to protect against the health problems caused by these insects is to control the infestations early on or better yet prevent them entirely," Prange
said."Heavy infestations of fleas and ticks can cause a myriad of health-related problems ranging from lesions on the skin as a result of scratching, to secondary consequences such as anemia."
A highly effective, yet affordable, method of preventing and controlling fleas and ticks on dogs is the long-lasting squeeze-on product sold over-the-counter at major discount and grocery outlets.
"Topically applied products, such as Sergeant's® PreTect® Flea and Tick Control, provide veterinary-quality protection against fleas, ticks and mosquitoes and are typically less than one-half the cost of products sold at veterinary offices," Prange