We don't have much of an external parasite problem in Yuma as compared to the rest of the country, but we do see localized moderate to severe tick infestations and rarely flea infestations. We don't recommend the routine use of parasiticides unless you have a problem in your area. Wellton and Roll seem to have more of a tick problem than we do here in the
Foothills. There are many new products out for the prevention of fleas and ticks that are much safer for our pets and the environment than what was available
10 years ago. We used to be restricted to the use of organophosphates, organocarbamates, or pyrethrins which can cause
toxicity problems in sensitive animals (especially common in cats) or
when used excessively. We recommend Certifect
and Frontline to protect against fleas and ticks. All of these products come in
liquid applicators that are applied to the skin between the shoulder blades.
If you buy flea and tick product over the counter be aware of the
chemicals contained in the product. Ear mites in dogs are almost non-existent in this area, but not so in cats.
If you suspect ear mites in your pets ears, they should be examined by
the doctor and it be determined that it is indeed ear mites and not an
ear infection and appropriate treatment given.