If your pet spends even a short time outdoors or in the company of other animals, he or she can acquire a flea or tick problem. These insects can make your dog or cat miserable and can infest your home interior. The severe itching caused by fleabites can lead to skin infections, and your pet can acquire Lyme disease from common tick bites in some parts of the country. Your Bloomington veterinarian can help you choose the best prevention product for your pet’s needs.
Pet owners will begin to suspect a flea problem when they see their pet scratching continuously. Cats may spend a great deal more time grooming themselves when they have a flea problem. Eventually, humans will notice bite marks on their own ankles or will see fleas in their pets’ fur during grooming sessions. Ticks are larger and more noticeable. You can see their dark-colored bodies on you pet’s skin, and their heads are firmly attached under the skin. To remove the tick, you should grasp it with tweezers firmly as close to its head as possible and pull.
Flea collars and sprays have been available for many years, and these products can do an adequate job of prevention in ordinary circumstances. Spot-on products are popular because they are easy to apply and can be used monthly. They often prevent mites and lice, as well as fleas and ticks. Your veterinarian can offer a number of oral products that are available for flea and tick prevention. Some product combine flea and tick prevention medications with heartworm prevention and internal parasite prevention. Flea and tick prevention products for dogs should never be used on cats.
Dr. Tatro and the staff at Fairway Knolls Veterinary Hospital believe that every animal deserves compassionate, individualized care. We provide a range of services for our patients, including wellness exams, sick animal care, vaccinations, flea and tick prevention, declawing, spay and neuter services, dental care, emergency services and boarding for your pet. Contact Fairway Knolls Veterinary Hospital today at 309-606-1010 for an appointment to learn about the best ways to protect your pet against fleas and ticks.