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The Importance of Flea and Tick Prevention

Warmer weather is in full swing here in the Nashville area. This means it’s time for preventing fleas and ticks, pet owners! External parasites that can cause extreme discomfort, fleas and ticks are just about everywhere you go in the outdoors. Not only do these pets cause skin irritations, but they can also lead to other problems. These include transmitting parasites and bacterial diseases to humans.

While you typically have to check your pets for ticks, you will know if your dog or cat has fleas by repetitive scratching. If you have noticed incessant scratching, 5 Points Animal Hospital can help your pet. However, we strongly recommend that you use flea and tick control products all year round to prevent this situation. We would like to tell you more about how you can keep fleas and ticks from bothering your pets this summer.

FLEA PREVENTION

Fortunately, there are many products available that are easy to use that safely and effectively control fleas. According to Vet Street, the majority of these products are available in a pill form. This can be given to your pet orally. In addition, there is a liquid that can be applied to your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades or on the back of the neck. Some of these preventive medications are only effective against adult fleas and others can also target the eggs and larvae stages. 5 Points Animal Hospital may recommend a combination of treatments for your pet. Has your pet has been severely infested with fleas? If so, you will need to take further action to successfully end the infestation. We strongly suggest thoroughly vacuuming your home, throwing out pet bedding, and laundering your own bedding!

TICK PREVENTION

Most of the flea prevention products also help to deter ticks. However, there are a couple of things you can do to keep ticks off of your dog or cat. One of the best ways to prevent ticks? Stay away from heavily wooded areas and from places with tall grasses, as these are popular habitats for ticks! Keep your yard from becoming a tick-friendly zone by cutting back bushes and regularly mowing your lawn. You may need to treat your yard with a pesticide, if you live in an area that is known for ticks.

Does your pet have access to a wooded or grassy area? If so, you should make a habit of checking him or her for ticks on a daily basis. When you find a tick, the best way to remove it is to grasp it with a pair of tweezers as closely to its mouth-parts as possible until the tick lets go. 5 Points Animal Hospital can also remove ticks if you have any problems.

Remember that you should never use flea and tick preventative products made for dogs on your cat, or vice versa. Contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital for all of your flea and tick prevention needs!

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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