Fleas and ticks can cause tremendous discomfort and even sickness for your pet. At Wooded Acres Animal Hospital, we believe prevention is the best policy and can help you keep pests away from your pet as much as possible. Flea and tick prevention will keep your pet comfortable and healthy.
How Do Pets Get Fleas and Ticks?
Fleas and ticks breed in warm environments and usually make their habitat in tall grass, under bushes, or in other areas of the garden or yard. When your pet is outdoors, he or she may bring these pests back home without realizing it. Your pet may also get fleas or ticks from other canine or feline friends when visiting parks or getting together for playdates.
How Do You Protect Your Pet From Fleas and Ticks?
There are flea and tick prevention medications you can give your pet. A monthly pill is the most common and effective means of controlling pests. There are topical treatments you can use on your pet. Flea and tick collars are also helpful in some situations.
How Do You Keep a Pet’s Environment Safe?
There are several things you can do to help your pet avoid fleas and ticks in the environment. Use a treatment to spray on your yard or bushes. Be sure to allow the spray to dry before your pet is allowed in the area. This will kill most fleas and ticks that are present there. Also, consider putting a fence around your yard. This will keep other animals out that might have fleas and ticks. Check your pet out for fleas and ticks regularly, especially after being outside.
How Do You Prevent Fleas and Ticks Inside Your Home?
Wash your pet's bedding regularly, and inspect it for signs of fleas or ticks. There are many sprays on the market you can use at home to kill fleas and ticks. Keep windows and doors closed during flea and tick season.
What are the Signs of Fleas and Ticks?
The most basic symptom of fleas or ticks is your cat or dog scratching themselves excessively. Your pet might also bite at their skin attempting to remove the tiny parasite. Fleas mostly cause discomfort. Ticks are more dangerous and can cause Lyme disease. Some scratching is normal, but if you see an excessive amount, give your pet a close examination to see if you can find any fleas or ticks.
Come See Us in Middle Island
Even if your pet does not have fleas or ticks now, he or she still has the chance of getting them at some point. Don’t let fleas and ticks bother your pet. Find out how our team at Wooded Acres Animal Hospital in Middle Island can protect your pet from fleas and ticks. Contact us today at (631) 760-1554 for the quality veterinary care your pet needs.