Fleas and ticks are more than a nuisance. Flea bites can transmit disease, cause tapeworm infections, and lead to anemia. Ticks can spread diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and ehrlichiosis. That's why our veterinarians at Brentwood Animal Hospital in Pensacola, FL recommend a year-round regimen of flea and tick prevention.
As part of our pet care, Brentwood Animal Hospital carries a selection of flea and tick prevention options for cats and dogs. These include the following:
- Flea and Tick Shampoo. Bathing pets with flea and tick shampoo can eliminate existing invaders and provide some level of prevention.
- Flea and Tick Spray. Sprays offer excellent spot treatments. They remove invaders and offer protection for several days.
- Flea and Tick Collar. Medicated collars can provide up to eight months of protection.
- Canine Flea and Tick Pills. Pills are available for dogs that can be taken monthly. Some medications combine heartworm as well as flea and tick protection.
- Flea and Tick Liquids. Liquid medication can be applied to both cats and dogs for monthly protection.
Our vet will recommend the best prevention method for your pets based on their health and lifestyle.
Flea and Tick Precautions
As a pet owner, there are a few things you can do to protect your pets from flea- and tick-transmitted diseases.
Check for Ticks Regularly
Even if your pet is taking a preventative, carefully inspect them for ticks after being in wooded or grassy terrain. On dogs, look at their feet and legs and around their eyes, ears, and mouth. Feel for bumps on your dogs as this can indicate the presence of a tick. Also, check under their collars.
Remove Ticks Immediately
By removing a tick quickly, you reduce the chance of your pet contracting a secondary illness. Purchase a pair of fine tweezers or a special tool for tick removal. Be sure to wear gloves and remove the tick by the head. If you can't remove the tick, contact a veterinarian for assistance.
Watch for Fleas
Look for fleas on exposed areas such as the stomach, ears, and hind legs. They are tiny, copper-colored, and fast-moving. If not controlled, fleas can infest your home. Depending on the infestation, you may be able to remove them by cleaning all bedding, carpets, and furniture. In extreme cases, a flea "fogger" may be required.
Brentwood Animal Hospital
Finding the right veterinarian services is essential for your pet's health and your peace of mind. Whether it is flea and tick prevention or a wellness visit, our qualified staff will diagnose and treat your pet with the utmost care. When looking for a veterinarian in Pensacola, contact us at Brentwood Animal Hospital.