Flea Treatment and Tick Prevention Strategies
“Is this a tick?”
That’s a question you never want to hear if your family owns a pet. You also never want to have to discuss fleas. The good news is that, as long as you properly care for your four-footed buddy, you should never have to think about flea and tick season and its effect on your pet, your residence or your lives.
At The Brentwood Animal Hospital in Pensacola, we have the flea treatment and tick prevention strategies that will keep your pet safe and well and your home out of risk of infestation.
But first, let’s take a quick review of these pesky threats.
The Story Behind the Threat
Fleas and ticks are parasites. They literally live and thrive upon the blood of your pet or other mammals. (Yes, even you.) Once infected, the bloodsucker will, at the very least, stress out your pet. You’ll see frequent scratching and maybe even patches where the fur is rubbed raw and the skin is bloody from scratching.
Health problems for your pet can range from allergic reactions to serious flea-borne illnesses. Not to mention the difficulty in getting the critters out of your home and off your human family. Needless to say, you want to take preventive measure to avoid flea and tick occurrence.
Causes of Infestation
Your cat or dog is likelier to become infected by one or both of these bloodsuckers if it runs through thick vegetation. Even a dog walked carefully on a lead in the middle of a city can become a victim. And any pet might fall victim in socializing with an infected animal at a kennel, dog park or another setting.
The good news is that your veterinary professionals at Brentwood Animal Hospital can give your pet all the protection it needs in the form of spot-on, spray-on or oral medications and medicated shampoos. Your veterinarian will be able to tell you which solution is best for your animal, depending on its age, weight and other factors.
There are other very simple steps you can take to minimize the risk of infection. For instance, clear the wild vegetation and keep the grass cut if your pet roams in your backyard. It will provide less shelter and jumping-off points for fleas and ticks.
Also, carefully inspect your animal for ticks after a walk in the woods. Be on the lookout for scratching if your pet isn’t current on its medication. And finally, schedule an appointment with your vet if you even suspect fleas or ticks.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Be sure to start every flea treatment and tick prevention strategy with a visit to your trusted veterinary clinic. Your veterinarian will be able to examine your pet’s health, suggest products that work best and answer all of your questions.
Call Brentwood Animal Hospital
We’d love to meet your four-legged friend. Please call Brentwood Animal Hospital at (850) 434-2646 for an appointment. You’ll find us at 5101 North Palafox Street in Pensacola.