Fleas and ticks are not only annoyingly scratchy for your pet, but they are a burden for you too!
Firstly, what exactly are fleas? Fleas are wingless, jumping insects that will feed on the dog or cat’s blood for survival. There are actually over 2000 different types of fleas! Dog and cat fleas will even use us as hosts to feed on if they can. Fleas can carry different kinds of parasites that can later turn into diseases that can affect the life of you and your pet. It’s important to know what you can do to prevent them.
When you bring your dog or cat in, Dr. Adney or Dr. Paredes will do a thorough physical examination. One of the things they will check for is to see if your dog or cat does have fleas or ticks. If your pet does, they are simple to treat and they will give you recommendations as to what to do for your specific pet. If your dog or cat doesn’t have any, (Phew!) you will most likely hear about a tick and flea preventative. This is a monthly application that is easy and simple for you to give. Dr. Adney recommends Frontline as the flea and tick preventative to use. The clinic usually has specials on it so call and ask!
So now you have your flea and tick preventative and now you’re all set, right? …Maybe! Lets check over a couple other areas. If your dog or cat is let out to play in the backyard there are some other preventative steps you can take. Look over your yard. Fleas like to live in darker, shadowy places with areas of higher humidity. Examples of places like this would be a dog house outside, underneath the porch, swing set, places like that. Ticks like areas where the grass is tall (makes it easier for them to jump on your pet or you!).
So keep these things in mind and keep them clean, keep the yard trimmed and keep your pet on a flea and tick preventative. It really does make all the difference in the world for you and your pet.