Flea and Tick Prevention in Middle Island, NY
Did you know that fleas and ticks can attack your pets whether they’re indoors or outside? Although you can get affordable tick and flea treatment at Wooded Acres Animal Hospital, prevention is always better. Prevention will keep your pet from getting itchy bites, keep these insects from setting up camp in your home, and even keep your pet disease-free in the long run.
How Do Fleas and Ticks Get Inside?
Fleas and ticks can come in through open doorways or windows.
They may be lurking in the grass in your yard and hitch a ride indoors on your pants or your pet’s fur.
If you buy an item from a yard sale, it might have been infested. Flea eggs can stay dormant for up to six months before hatching.
Finally, your pet might pick up these parasites from other animals, for instance, at a dog park.
Your Action Plan for Flea and Tick Prevention
First of all, talk to your vet about products that can safely control ticks and fleas. This may be a liquid that you can put on the pet’s fur, a collar infused with parasite-repelling chemicals, or another option such as pills.
Keep your lawn mowed, gardens weeded, and remove any piles of items. This makes the yard a less inviting spot for these parasites.
Finally, carefully clean any second-hand items you bring into the home. This is especially important for carpet, upholstered furniture, and cloth curtains.
What If Your Pet Already Has These Parasites?
The sooner you catch the problem, the easier it will be to treat. Try to regularly check your pet for the signs of these parasites. You might see:
- your pets flinch, scratch, or gnaw on their fur
- crusty build-up and bites on visible areas of skin
- reddened, hot patches of skin
- tiny dots crawling over their fur
If you notice any of these signs, take your pets for veterinary treatment immediately. You may be given special washes to kill the parasites and topical treatments for irritated, broken skin. Finally, your pet may need some testing. These tests will check to see if these parasites have passed on any other health issues, such as Lyme Disease or tapeworms.
When you get home, it’s a good idea to wash their bedding, cloth toys, any furniture or carpets they lie on, etc. Your veterinarian can give you tips on getting rid of fleas and ticks in the house.
Tick and Flea Treatment at Your Veterinary Center
At Wooded Acres Animal Hospital in Middle Island, we offer a wide range of prevention products and treatment services. Are you interested in learning more or booking an appointment? Give us a call today at (631) 760-1554.