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A Veterinarian Shares 5 Tips for Preventing Fleas & Ticks May 25, 2018

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A Veterinarian Shares 5 Tips for Preventing Fleas & Ticks, Perry, Georgia

According to veterinarians, fleas and ticks are at the top of the list of common pet care concerns. Now that the weather is warmer, the bugs will continue to breed and multiply. Avoid harm to your animal companion. Whether you notice fleas on the dog or want to prevent them in the cat, there are many actions you can take at home and in the animal hospital. 

A Veterinarian’s Top Flea & Tick Prevention Tips 

1. Visit the Doctor 

The best way to prevent disease and infestation in your pet is to visit the veterinary clinic. Regular checkups will allow the doctor to check for signs of fleas and ticks. They can also recommend a preventative treatment, such as an oral or topical medication. 

2. Get a Prescription 

The most reliable way to prevent an outbreak is using a flea and tick prevention medicine. A veterinarian will consult with you about chewable tablets or gels applied to the skin. A prescription will ensure the medication is safe and appropriate for your pet’s breed, age, and weight. 

3. Examine Your Pet

Perry VeterinarianIf your pet shows no signs of itching or discomfort, examine their fur once per week. It is easy to do this while grooming or petting. Check the hair near the skin for eggs, which look like tiny white or yellow grains. You should also look for what is referred to as “flea dirt.” This substance resembles dark colored sand. You may also notice live ticks or fleas on the fur. If you do, see a vet as soon as possible. 

4. Keep Your Pets Clean 

Outdoor plants and debris are often laden with bugs. Keep leaves, clippings, and mulch away from the interior of your home. This will decrease the chances of fleas and ticks finding their way inside. Give your pet regular baths to further prevent an infestation. 

5. Use a Comb 

Flea combs are inexpensive and readily available at a pet supply store. While your dog or cat will enjoy the sensation of the comb, it will also help you check for pests. The tool will also allow you to remove eggs, dead bugs, and flea dirt. The quicker and easier you can clear away signs of fleas and ticks, the sooner a pet will feel better. 

 

Your pet is a part of the family. Ensure your dog or cat is happy and healthy by visiting the animal hospital regularly and keeping an eye on your furry friend’s health at home. Perry Animal Hospital in Houston County, GA, will keep an eye out for fleas and ticks. They will also provide treatment and prevention medication. To make an appointment with a skilled and caring veterinarian, call them at (478) 224-7387. For information about their flexible scheduling and CareCredit® services, visit their website.

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