The Importance of Flea and Tick Prevention

Flea & Tick Prevention Image - Nashville TN - 5 Points Animal Hospital When you have a pet, flea and tick prevention is one of the most important responsibilities you have as a pet owner. Not only do these external parasites cause a great deal of discomfort to your dog or cat, but fleas and ticks can also carry diseases. If your pet becomes infested with fleas, you, your family, and your home will also be affected by these parasites. Luckily, fleas and ticks can be easy to prevent by administering flea and tick control products to your pet that will keep him from being bothered. 5 Points Animal Hospital carries a wide variety of these products in both our office and our online pharmacy. We can recommend exactly which product will be the best for your pet. We would like to tell you more about this topic to help you be able to protect your pet from fleas and ticks.

Signs that my pet has fleas or ticks

If you see your cat or dog constantly scratching, fleas may be the reason. According to Vet Street, cats will groom themselves excessively in an attempt to get rid of fleas. Since fleas can be hard to see, we recommend taking a flea comb, running it through your pet’s hair, and wiping off the comb with a damp white paper towel. Small dark specks that leave a red stain on the paper towel is a sure sign that your pet has a flea problem. Ticks can usually be seen or felt in the hair coat, but some species of ticks are tiny and can be difficult to spot.

Preventing fleas

5 Points Animal Hospital offers a variety of safe, easy to use, and effective flea control products, which can either be administered orally by tablet or liquid or topically by applying a liquid directly to your pet’s skin. We can help you choose from products that are only active against adult fleas and ones that target flea eggs and larvae. Your pet may need more than one flea control product to break the life cycle of the flea. If a flea infestation has occurred, your pet will need to be treated repeatedly, and you will have to remove fleas from your pet’s environment. This means other animals in your home must be treated, as well as your home and your yard. You will need to vacuum all rugs, throw out all pet bedding, and launder sheets and other items to get rid of the fleas in your home.

Preventing ticks

Most flea control products also prevent ticks, but there are a couple of additional ways to keep ticks away from your pets. Heavily wooded areas and tall grassy areas are popular habitats for ticks, so avoiding these areas is important in tick prevention. You will also want to remove leaf litter from around your home because ticks love moist areas as well. Making a habit of checking for ticks, especially if your pet has access to wooded and grassy areas, at least once a day is another good way to prevent tick problems. If you do find a tick, take a pair of tweezers and grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible. Squeeze the tick with gentle pressure until the tick lets go. 5 Points Animal Hospital can teach you other ways of safely removing ticks from your pet.

Preventing ticks and fleas is important to keep your pet healthy and happy. Contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital to find out more about how we can help you with flea and tick prevention.

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