Providing your dog or cat with flea treatment and tick prevention is an important part of their routine health care. If your pet is suffering from a flea or tick problem, contact Jimmie Davis Highway Animal Hospital to make an appointment with our Bossier City veterinarian. Here is some information on the signs of a parasite problem, how to avoid them, and what our vet can do to help if your pet has one.
The Signs of Fleas and Ticks
If your pet is afflicted by the presence of fleas or ticks, there are a few signs that indicate their need for treatment. Fleas are very tiny black parasites live on a host animal. Flea dirt is their waste and looks like specks of pepper scattered throughout an animal's fur.
Ticks have six legs and look like small spiders. They will blow up to a larger size if they attach to a host and feast upon their host's blood. You may notice your dog or cat scratching or biting at their fur in an attempt to stop itchiness caused by these parasites.
How to Help Your Pet Avoid Parasite Infestations
It is important to check your pet daily for parasites, especially if they spend any time outdoors. Keep a flea comb handy so you can run it through your pet’s fur to check for existing fleas. As you groom your pets, check them for the presence of ticks. Spot checks can help in removing parasites promptly. Keep on top of laundering your pet's bedding regularly in hot water. Vacuum your carpets frequently as well. If your pet spends time outside, take the time to have your property treated with animal safe pest control agents to minimize the flea and tick population. The best flea and tick prevention tactic is obtained with monthly medication that repels these pests.
How Our Bossier City Veterinarian Can Help
Protect your pet from possible parasite difficulties with proper tick prevention and flea treatment medication. Our Bossier City veterinarian will provide you with this treatment if needed. First, a full examination is necessary to ensure your dog or cat is healthy enough for this treatment. If fleas or ticks are noticed, the first treatment will be administered in our office so it works quickly. Our vet will give you a demonstration on how to use it and will provide you with instructions regarding the frequency of use.
Contact Jimmie Davis Highway Animal Hospital if your dog or cat is suffering from a flea or tick problem, or if you would like to obtain medication to keep parasites at bay. Call us at (318) 742-5353 to learn more about the services we provide.