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What to Do If You Find Fleas and Ticks on Your Pets: A Comprehensive Guide

Discovering fleas and ticks on your pets can be a distressing experience. These parasites not only cause discomfort to your pets but can also transmit diseases. Here's a comprehensive guide on what to do if you find fleas and ticks on your pets.

Photo of a tick

Photo of a tick [Credit: Erik Karitz | Unsplash]


 

Understanding Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks are common parasites that can infest your pets. They feed on your pet's

blood and can cause a range of health issues, including skin irritation, allergic reactions,

and transmission of diseases.


Immediate Steps to Take

If you discover fleas or ticks on your pet, it's important to act quickly. Start by examining

your pet thoroughly to assess the extent of the infestation. Use a fine-toothed comb to

check your pet's fur, focusing on areas such as the base of the tail, belly, groin, and

armpits.


For ticks, use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible and

pull upwards with steady, even pressure. Do not twist or jerk the tick as this can leave

parts of the tick embedded in the skin.


Seek Veterinary Advice

If your pet's infestation is severe, or if they show signs of illness such as lethargy, loss of appetite, or unusual behavior, it's important to seek veterinary care immediately. Consult your veterinarian for appropriate treatment options. They will provide you with appropriate treatment options tailored to your pet's specific needs. This may include topical treatments, oral medications, or medicated shampoos. Your veterinarian can guide you in selecting the most effective and safe treatment for your furry friend.


Treat the Environment

Fleas and ticks not only reside on your pet but can also infest your home. Regularly vacuuming your home, paying special attention to carpets, upholstery, and areas where your pet spends time, helps remove any pests that may have hitched a ride indoors. Additionally, washing your pet's bedding in hot water can eliminate any existing fleas or ticks residing there.


Prevention

Prevention is key to keeping your pets free from fleas and ticks. Regular grooming and inspection allow you to detect any parasites early. Your veterinarian can recommend preventive medications that are safe and effective for your pet's size and species. These medications act as a barrier, protecting your pet from future infestations. Maintaining a clean living environment also plays a crucial role in preventing these pests.


Conclusion

Finding ticks or fleas on your pet may be a cause for concern, but taking prompt action and following these steps can help effectively address the problem. Remember to consult your veterinarian for professional advice, treat your pet's environment, and prioritize preventive measures to keep your furry companion free from these pesky parasites. If you have any questions about ticks and fleas, be sure to reach out to one of our clinics.


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