Frequently Googled Questions, pt. 3

It’s time for our next installment of Frequently Googled Questions! In case you missed them, here are the links for the First and Second episodes.

Before we officially get started with #3, though, I want to make a comment about Dr. Google. While researching on the internet, please do not come to the conclusion that Dr. Google can fix your problems. Dr. Google can point you in good directions, but it is important to be able to distinguish good information from bad information, and Dr. Google doesn’t always do a good job of this. Our goal with our blog is to provide reliable information, and to the extent that Dr. Google points web-searchers our way, we’re thankful for the opportunity to provide pet researchers with good, reliable information. With that said, let’s get on with the show…

Q. How long after giving a bath can I apply ParastarPlus?

A. For starters, ParastarPlus is our flea treatment of choice for our canine patients. Its safety combined with its speed of kill with fleas and ticks makes it far and away our top priority in our war on fleas.

There is no mention on the product label of how long to avoid bathing before or after the application of ParastarPlus. Applying our knowledge of how the product works, though, would suggest that we not bathe the dog within 24 hours (before & after) application of ParastarPlus. The reason for this is that the treatments need the oils of the skin to translocate. Translation: the active ingredients need the normal skin, not recently bathed skin, to get where they need to go to be effective.

As an aside, it is this critical step of translocation that makes many of the over-the-counter (OTC) flea products less-than-effective. Now that fipronil has gone off patent, many manufacturers want to get in on the action and make money as Frontline did for so many years. But without effective translocators, those things included in the “inactive ingredients” list on the packaging, the active ingredients cannot be effective.

Q. How much can I exercise my senior dog?

A. Funny you should ask! We’ve written on that very subject!

Q. Will Trifexis kill intestinal worms?

A. Yes! One of the two active ingredients in Trifexis (milbemycin oxime) is very effective against the common types of intestinal parasites that dogs can find. Trifexis has label claims against roundworms, hookworms and whipworms. When used monthly, Trifexis will protect your dog and it is good public health.

Q. Is there cat boarding in Cuyahoga Falls?

A. We do offer boarding for our clients. Provided the patient is friendly and manageable in our clinic/boarding facilities, we are happy to provide boarding services. Specifically for our feline friends, we have kitty condos available for added space for one cat or to allow for multiple kitties from a family to socialize with each other. (Expanding the condos for one kitty comes at additional cost.) Ask one of our friendly staff-members for details.

Stay tuned for another edition of Frequently Googled Questions! And if you’ve got any questions about your pet, don’t hesitate to call us here at the Cuyahoga Falls Veterinary Clinic at 330-929-3223.

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