Apr 08, 2021 2:47 PM

Veterinarian: Get insects and allergies treated locally

Posted Apr 08, 2021 2:47 PM

By NICK GOSNELL

Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Roy Russell, DVM from Country Junction Veterinary Clinic is reminding pet owners to get their pets in for spring treatments, whether for fleas and ticks or for allergies.

"Different parts of the country require different tests for different insects," Russell said. "First you have to nail down where the allergen is, whether its food, whether its the grass, whether its the house. There are so many things where they can challenge their system and they have to get that checked out, one by one. We can't do everything with one test. It just doesn't work."

It's also important to keep a relationship with your veterinarian so that they can keep good records on what treatments your pet has received. Buying treatments online may save you money, but it isn't necessarily what's best for your pet.

"There are so many important things concerned when you give these insecticides for your pets," Russell said. "Get that checked out with your veterinarian. Some cats cannot stand some of the insects that we have treat. Check with your veterinarian and get a lot of important information."

Call ahead to schedule an appointment with your vet, as spring is a busy time for them between these treatments and spaying or neutering young animals.