Fleas & Ticks

Fleas and ticks are found in every part of the U.S. and they present serious health threats to both animals and people. These insects are affected by the seasons but they can still be picked up most of the year.

 

Who is at risk?

 

  • Dogs and cats that spend time outdoors are at risk for picking up fleas and ticks. Due to the fact that dogs tend to spend more time outdoors than cats they are at a higher risk of picking up ticks.

  • Our pets are not the only ones at risk, due to our close living spaces with our pets these insects can easily be brought into our homes to latch onto the humans that live there.

  • If not prevented or treated – skin irritation, skin infection, rashes, scabs, transmission of diseases to you and your dog, itchy skin which leads to scratching.

 

What can you do to prevent fleas and ticks?

 

Preventative medications are the best way to protect your pet, family, and home. We discourage clients from using over-the-counter treatments because they are not put through the same vigorous testing and quality standards. Our veterinarians would be happy to share our recommendations with you.

Canine products we carry:

  • Provecta (topical)

  • Credelio (oral chew)

  • Bravecto (oral chew)

  • Seresto (collar)

 

Feline products we carry:

  • Revolution (topical)

  • Bravecto (topical)

  • Seresto (collar)

 

How to identify ticks!

 

Ticks feed on the blood of their host and use their tiny sharp teeth to embed themselves firmly into the skin. Ticks can be difficult to identify especially under your pet’s fur because in their larvae and nymph stages they are very small. Adult ticks are only about 3mm in size. You may find discoloration or bruising around the bite location and the tick could still be attached. Although tick removal can be done at home we are happy to see any pet for tick removal and cleaning free of charge.

How to identify fleas!

 

Fleas are itchy and annoying to your pets which primarily causes them to scratch. If left untreated the fleas can spread diseases and your pets scratching can lead to skin infections. If you suspect your pet has fleas look for red, irritated skin especially around the neck, stomach, and hind end. Fleas may be brown or red and can be picked up with “flea combs” sold at pet stores or at our hospital. If you see small specks moving it is most likely a flea. If you believe your pet has fleas schedule an appointment with us right away for a confirmation diagnosis and treatment.

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