When the weather gets warmer, the need for flea & tick prevention for cats and dogs increases. If you are ready to offer your pet protection from parasites, contact Hillview Veterinary Clinic/Bed & Biscuit in Reynoldsburg to make an appointment with our veterinarian for an evaluation. Here is some information about pet parasite problems and how a trip to our veterinary hospital to meet with our practitioner can help.
How to Tell If Your Pet Has Parasites
Fleas can jump upon your pet when they spend time outdoors. People can even bring a flea into the home on their clothing and it could jump off and onto a pet when they pass by. Fleas are small and brown or black. If you part your pet's fur and look at their skin, you may notice small specks of black "flea dirt" present. This is the waste that fleas leave behind. Flea larvae resemble small black dots. Fleas themselves will run quickly through the fur and look much like dark sesame seeds.
Ticks look like miniature spiders, only they have six legs instead of eight. The mandible area is prominent on a tick and is used to adhere to the skin so the parasite can drink the host's blood. When blood is collected, the tick will expand. It may then become puffy or hard.
How to Avoid a Parasite Problem
It is important to do spot checks of your pet's skin, especially after they spend time outdoors. A flea comb will remove fleas effectively. Ticks require the use of tweezers to remove them from the skin. Treat your lawn with pest control products to reduce parasite population in the area. Do frequent cleanings of your carpeting, floors, and pet's bedding to kill any fleas or eggs present. The best way to avoid parasites is with medication provided by our veterinarian.
How Our Vet Can Help
Our veterinarian will treat a parasite problem so the life cycle is broken completely. This is usually done with prescribed medication. Topical medication is placed between a pet's shoulder blades on a monthly basis to keeps fleas and ticks from becoming a problem. Oral tablets or preventative collars can also be used. Our vet will conduct an assessment of your pet's health and make recommendations regarding the best treatment option for their situation.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
If you are ready for flea & tick prevention for your dog or cat, give Hillview Veterinary Clinic/ Bed & Biscuit in Reynoldsburg to make an appointment with our veterinarian for an evaluation of your pet's health. Call our veterinary hospital today at (614) 866-2290 for more information or to schedule an appointment.