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Posted on 07-17-2018

Flea & Tick Prevention: Keeping Your Pets Safe from Fleas & Ticks

There is a wide range of pesky nuisances that your pet may face, but fleas and ticks are two of the most troublesome. For pets, both fleas and ticks pose a risk of potential health issues, including rashes and skin infections and transmission of disease and illness. The good news is there are several parasite prevention options available from your veterinarian in Fayetteville to help protect your pet against the potential dangers from flea bites and ticks.

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What to Look For

Pets make their initial contact with fleas when they are outdoors or from coming in contact with another infested animal. Wildlife, including raccoons, opossums and untreated dogs and cats can deposit flea eggs into your yard.

  • Flea eggs and larvae are more difficult to spot than jumping fleas and under the right conditions, they can thrive in your yard and in your home. Fleas don’t like light, so they prefer to hide in your pet’s fur, especially in areas such as the base of the ears. Be sure to look closely in areas with less hair, such as on their belly and inner thighs as this will provide you with the best chances of spotting fleas.
  • Ticks attach to the body and feed by sucking blood. Unlike fleas, ticks crawl rather than jump. Ticks prefer dry, warm places and can attach themselves to any part of your pet’s skin, but they are usually found around the ears or between the toes. A tick bite can cause serious health problems and potentially fatal diseases, such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Take Preventative Measures

Prevention is the best method when it comes to fleas and ticks. Be sure to visit your veterinarian in Fayetteville to determine the best parasite prevention products for your pet. In addition to using parasite prevention products, it is also beneficial to keep your yard mowed and rake up any leaves, clippings or brush where fleas and ticks may be hiding. Also, remember to regularly wash your pets' bedding routinely to prevent the risk of hiding fleas or ticks.

Learn More About Parasite Prevention at our Fayetteville Animal Hospital

If you need more information about flea and tick preventatives, contact Wedington Animal Hospital.

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