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Category: Flea & Tick

What Flea and Tick Prevention Does My Pet Need?

Topical or chewable? Flea collar or flea bath? Over-the-counter or prescription? With all the different types of flea and tick prevention out there, it can be confusing to know what kind will work best for you and your pet. Read on for an overview of the types of flea and tick prevention avaialble. If you have questions about what is best for your cat or dog, Hello Ralphie veterinarians offer advice and, in some cases, prescriptions for the safest and most effective flea and tick options for you and your budget. Topical vs. Oral Flea and Tick Prevention Flea and
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Dermatitis in Dogs – Get to the Root Cause of Dog Skin Issues

Unfortunately, dogs can suffer from a variety of skin issues. If you have noticed that your dog is overly itchy or its skin looks red and inflamed, there is a good chance it could be suffering from some form of dermatitis. Canine atopic dermatitis is a general term that veterinarians use to describe irritated and inflamed skin. To help you get to the root of your dog’s skin issues, we are going to go over everything you need to know about dermatitis and its causes. If you want to help your furry friend feel less itchy and make sure they
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Dog Skin Problems – 6 Common Skin Conditions in Dogs

Most dogs suffer from skin issues at some point in their life. Skin issues almost always result in itchiness, which causes the dog to scratch its skin. Not only can this scratching be painful, in many cases, but it can also lead to infections, scars, and even more severe skin issues. If you want to help relieve your dog’s itchiness and effectively treat the source of its skin irritation, the first step is identifying the particular skin condition. This is why we have provided the following list of six common dog skin problems: 1. Allergic Skin Disease The most common
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How Long After Flea Treatment Can I Pet My Cat?

Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian Fleas are a common external parasite that feed off your cat’s blood. Although they can create some health concerns, itchiness and allergic reactions on your cat’s skin is a common symptom. Some fleas even carry certain species of tapeworms, which make your cat susceptible to contracting parasitic infections. The good news is there are many available products that can help protect your cat from getting new flea infections, as well as treat any pre-existing infections. What types of flea treatments are available? There are numerous types available. A virtual consult with a
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How to Get a Tick Off a Dog

Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian Finding a tick on your furry friend can be surprising and somewhat traumatizing. They’re gross and they could be harming your pet.  Lyme disease, ehrlichia, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, among other diseases, have all been linked to tick bites. These diseases can be debilitating, devastating, and, in some cases, even life-threatening. However, you can combat them by making sure your dog is on an appropriate seasonal tick preventative. How Do I Remove a Tick from a Dog? The best practice is to speak to a veterinarian if you have questions about