Monthly Pet Pill Could Kill Fleas, Ticks

By Randy Dotinga, Health News

Controlling ticks and fleas is drudgery for countless pet owners. Now, researchers report they’re closer to developing a monthly pill that would conveniently rid cats and dogs of these disease-carrying invaders.

Many pet owners control fleas and ticks by applying medicated drops to the skin of their dogs and cats, but the drops don’t work for every animal. Also, the parasites may eventually develop immunity to current medications, said Texas veterinarian Dr. Bonnie V. Beaver. A pill would offer an alternative to existing treatments, she added.

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