Fleas and ticks are pests that find perfect hosts in cats and dogs. Our veterinarians at Short Pump Animal Hospital will help keep your pets free from these terrible parasites. If your pet gets fleas or ticks, they can cause several serious health problems. The best way to keep your pets healthy is to focus on flea and tick prevention.
Fleas and Ticks Bite Pets
Both fleas and ticks love to bite dogs and cats. Fleas and ticks can spread diseases to your pet through their bites. Bite sites can also cause irritation, inflammation, and itching. Chronic scratching at these itchy pests can cause breaks in the skin that can get infected. If you see your pets scratching, it's important to examine them for both fleas and ticks. Ticks stay in one spot, drinking the blood of your pet. Fleas move around through the fur and may jump away when caught.
Combing for Fleas
If you see fleas on your pet, it's important to get rid of them as quickly as you can so that your pet isn't bitten. Flea bites can cause serious allergic reactions in pets. Use a flea comb to comb through the fur, and check the comb to see if any wriggling dots are combed out. Flea combs have teeth that are very close together so that fleas can't escape while the fur is easy to slip through the comb. It's helpful to have a glass of water, with or without soap or insecticide mixed in, to put the fleas in once you have combed them out of the fur. Once the fleas are gone, there still may be flea eggs on your pet, so you may need to seek help from a veterinarian.
Prevention for Fleas and Ticks
A veterinarian can do a lot to help pets stay safe from fleas and ticks. There are several oral medications that pets can take to keep them free from these pests. Some of these medications only have to be taken once a month. There are also topical treatments that can get rid of fleas and ticks.
Consult a Local Veterinarian for Help
If you're in the West End and you are concerned about these dangerous pests affecting your pet, contact our veterinarians for help. Call Short Pump Animal Hospital in Glen Allen, VA at (804) 360-0100 to schedule an appointment.