When warmer weather is present, pets are prone to flea and tick difficulties, especially if they spend time outdoors. It is wise to provide your pet with flea and tick prevention to avoid these pests and the medical issues they bring with them. Contact Grand Park Animal Clinic in Katy to obtain flea and tick medication for your furry friends. We can help you recognize the signs of a parasite problem, how to avoid one, and what to do if your pet is suffering from these pests.
The Signs of a Flea or Tick Problem
It is important to recognize the signs of a flea or tick problem in your pets so you can obtain treatment without delay. Ticks are small and resemble spiders. When they attach to a pet's skin, they become bigger as they fill with blood. Fleas run through a pet's fur rather quickly. When they are not on a host, they will jump several inches or feet. A pet with an infestation will likely suffer from itchy skin. If your pet has fleas or ticks, it may have raised bumps on the skin due to bites. If your pet scratches or bites at its coat often, fleas or ticks may be to blame.
How To Avoid Fleas and Ticks
There are a few steps you can take to keep your pet from contracting fleas or ticks. Make sure to tend to your property regularly to keep insect numbers at a minimum. Before you allow your pet to come back into your home, spot-check its fur for the presence of fleas or ticks. Be sure to clean inside your home to keep these parasites from reproducing. Regular vacuuming and laundering your pet's bedding will aid in keeping the parasites at bay.
What To Do If Your Pet Has Parasites
If your pet has a flea or tick problem, it needs treatment to keep the parasites from reproducing and making matters worse. You can remove ticks from your pet with a pair of tweezers. Make sure to grasp the parasite near its head so the jaws are removed completely. Fleas can be removed with a flea comb. They are more difficult to remove. The best option is to obtain medication from our veterinarian to eliminate fleas and ticks completely.
Parasite Prevention in Katy, TX
If your pet is suffering from fleas or ticks, contact Grand Park Animal Clinic in Katy for veterinary care. We are available to provide your pet with flea treatment or tick prevention in our office. Call us today at (281) 392-3127 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.