The mouth parts of a tick act like a tiny harpoon, ready to anchor into the dog or cat’s skin. After they are attached and are feeding a number of organisms can enter a dog or cat’s bloodstream. If a tick is repelled or killed, it cannot attach and transmit organisms that may cause disease.
1. When a tick attaches to your dog or cat, it cuts blood vessels under the skin, causing blood to pool.
2. Tick saliva contains an anticoagulent to keep the blood pool from clotting.
Ticks may also carry organisms that can cause:
- Lyme disease
Lyme disease is caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, and may take less than 24 to more than 48 hours from the time the tick feeds to infect the host. Most infected dogs do not develop clinical disease, but if they do signs may include: inappetence (or anorexia), arthritis, fever and swollen lymph nodes. In some cases, this disease can lead to kidney failure.
- Rocky Mountain spotted fever
Rocky Mountain spotted fever is caused by Rickettsia rickettsii. It can be contracted 4–48 hours after being transmitted.4 Clinical signs include: lethargy, anorexia, fever, vomiting and bleeding disorders.
Generalized transmission time for Ehrlichia bacteria is 4-48 hours. There are several types of ehrlichiosis, but symptoms in dogs can include: fever, depression, lethargy, loss of appetite, weight loss, enlarged lymph nodes and abnormal bleeding, such as nose bleeds.
This cat-specific disease can kill cats within one week of the first symptoms. Treatment is rarely successful. This disease is transmitted by ticks, which is why repelling and killing ticks is important.
Fleas can lead to potentially serious health risks:
- Skin problems
Flea bites can cause flea allergy dermatitis (FAD), an allergic reaction that can lead to constant scratching, severe itching and hair loss.
- Intestinal parasites
Ingestion of an infected flea can transmit tapeworms, one of the most common intestinal parasites seen by owners.
May occur with severe flea infestations. Heavy flea infestations can even cause death.
Fleas are not just a “dog problem”
You or your dog can bring fleas home to infest your cat without you realizing it. This, plus any outside exposure can put a cat at risk for fleas.
Protection against fleas and ticks for eight months now available at Dogwood Lodge Pet Resort & Grooming Salon
With its innovative delivery system, Seresto® offers a breakthrough in flea and tick protection for dogs or cats for eight months.
Features and benefits:
- For dogs or cats
- Kills fleas
- Repels and kills ticks
- If a tick is repelled or killed, it can’t attach and
transmit the organisms that may cause disease
- Non-greasy, odorless, easy-to-use
how Seresto® works
An effective combination
Inside the unique polymer matrix of Seresto® are two active ingredients:
- Imidacloprid has been used in products recommended by veterinarians for years to control flea infestations.
- Flumethrin effectively repels and kills ticks, and kills larvae and nymphs.
Flumethrin works together with imidacloprid to provide dual action against fleas and ticks. No other treatment has this combination of ingredients.
The active ingredients spread from the site of direct contact over the skin surface of the cat or dog.
Sustained release technology
Seresto® works similarly to a monthly topical, but as the active ingredients wear off over time, a new supply is continuously replenished in low concentrations. The active ingredients spread from the site of direct contact over the skin surface.
Bayer’s polymer matrix technology is designed to slowly and continuously release the active ingredients over eight months, a duration that makes it clearly different from other collars.
Seresto® is water resistant
The active ingredients of Seresto® are contained within the Bayer Polymer Matrix, making it water-resistant. Therefore it is unnecessary to remove the collar before the pet is immersed in water. Seresto® remains effective following a shampoo treatment, swimming, or after exposure to rain or sunlight. Under normal conditions, effectiveness lasts for eight months. In order to maintain an 8-month duration, dogs must not be bathed more than once per month. For dogs that swim once a month or more, the control duration is reduced to five months.
Because some pet owners may be concerned that a cat or small dog could get stuck while wearing a collar, Seresto® is designed with a safety release mechanism. In the unlikely event of the cat being trapped, the cat’s own strength is sufficient to widen the collar to allow for quick release.
A hard pull causes the ratchet-release mechanism to allow a widening of the collar.
The small dog and cat collars are equipped with a predetermined breaking point. A harder pull triggers the breaking of the collar at this point.
If your cat is not used to collars
If the collar feels foreign, the cat especially may scratch at it initially but should adapt in time. Offering a treat or toy after applying Seresto® may be enough of a distraction to end this behavior.
Slight hair loss and mild skin reactions due to the mechanical irritation of the collar may occur at the application site, which usually recover within a week or two without the need for collar removal.
Please ensure collar is applied correctly. See product insert for complete product information and directions for use.