Most Frequently Asked Questions About Flea and Tick Prevention
Fleas and ticks are two of the most common parasites that pet parents have to deal with, especially during the spring and summer. Here at Silver Heights Vet Hospital we have many pet parents searching for answers about these pests, including the best methods for flea prevention and tick prevention. To help you learn more information about these potentially dangerous parasites, here are the answers to our most commonly asked questions.
How Do I Know If My Pet Has Ticks and/or Fleas?
First, it is important to routinely check your pet’s skin and fur. Second, it is essential that you know the signs of fleas and ticks. One of the first signs that your pet has fleas is excessive itching and hotspots. When checking your pet, look for signs of flea dirt (flea droppings) and the fleas themselves.
How Does My Pet Get Fleas and Ticks?
It is possible for your pet to get fleas from other animals, but the primary way pets get fleas and ticks is from their environment, specifically the outdoors. Tall grass and weeds are a breeding ground for parasites, so it’s important to keep the lawn short, brush and weeds should be kept at a minimum.
What Types of Health Problems can be Caused by Fleas and Ticks?
Both fleas and ticks can cause a wide range of health problems for your pet. Fleas can transmit cat scratch fever and tapeworms as well as cause infections from your pet scratching at the bites. Ticks bites can cause a number of serious diseases, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Fever and anaplasmosis.
What are the Best Types of Flea Prevention and Tick Prevention?
The best way to determine which type of flea and tick prevention is best for your pet is to visit your veterinarian. Your vet can recommend the best method depending on your pet’s age, weight and breed. There are a number of options available, including collars, dips, shampoos and spot on products.
If your pet is suffering with a parasite infestation, your veterinarian can recommend a treatment option to help kill the infestation as well as prevent future infestations. It is important to keep in mind that if your pet has a severe infestation, they have most likely also spread throughout your home. To prevent a recurring infestation it is critical that you thoroughly vacuum your home, wash all of your pets bedding and toys, treat all pets in the home and use the treatment/prevention methods recommended by your vet.
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To learn more about flea and tick prevention for your pet, contact Silver Heights Vet Hospital.