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Fleas and ticks are prevalent across the United States. There are more than 2,000 species of fleas and 90 species of ticks. These parasites need blood in order to live and breed, and they can carry a multitude of diseases and parasites, including Lyme disease, tapeworms, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, flea allergy dermatitis and tick paralysis. Dogs and cats are most susceptible to tapeworms, flea allergy dermatitis and tick paralysis, and older dogs and cats and small puppies and kittens can become so infested that they lose excessive amounts of blood and become weak.

If you notice that your puppy or kitten is suddenly weak and scratching excessively or inflammation and excessive redness and sores on your pet’s skin, please schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.

Flea and Tick Prevention

Diligence is required for flea and tick prevention, and involves checking your dogs and cats for flea and tick infestations daily. Infested dogs will scratch constantly and bite the areas where there are fleas. Cats will scratch and groom themselves excessively to get rid of the infestation.

To check for fleas on your pets, run a flea comb through their fur and check for live, adult fleas and flea dirt. Additionally, you can wet a paper towel and drag it over your pet’s fur. If you find any dark spots or red smears on the paper towel, your pet has fleas, and you will have to take immediate measures to stop and kill the infestation before it becomes a major problem.

To prevent fleas, it is important to talk to our veterinarian about all of the possible treatment options. There are monthly flea pills and liquids available to kill fleas and ticks and prevent an infestation or stop an infestation. Though, it is significantly harder to get rid of fleas once they have established themselves on your pet and in your house.

Flea and Tick Infestation Treatments

There are several treatments on the market that will kill fleas and ticks. Flea dips and baths can immediately kill the fleas on your dog, but they will not kill the fleas that have migrated onto your pet’s bedding and in your carpet. If your dog or cat has fleas, it is important to either wash their bedding and fuzzy toys or throw them away and buy new bedding and toys.

If you suspect your flea and tick infestation has infiltrated more than your pet’s immediate sleeping area, your carpets will need to be treated with a flea and tick spray or a carpet cleaner that is designed to kill fleas and ticks. All blankets, pillows and clothes that are laying around your home will also need to be washed.

Flea and tick sprays for your home can be purchased at our veterinarian center and hospital, and our veterinarian can give you tips on removing your current infestation and preventing future infestations.

For more information on flea and tick prevention and treatment, call our office at 661-589-9900.

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