During the warmer months of the year, fleas and ticks can easily cause havoc to dogs, cats, and even smaller exotic pets. When a parasite problem arises, contact Sheehy Animal Hospital in Livonia to make an appointment with our veterinarian. Read on to learn how to recognize a flea or tick problems, how to prevent parasites from causing your pet difficulties, and what veterinary care at our Livonia animal hospital can provide to help.
Signs of a Flea or Tick Problem
There are a few signals that your pet will give you to indicate he or she may have fleas or ticks. Parting the fur and looking for parasites running through their body or attached to their skin could indicate there are several more hiding. If you run your hand over your pet's body, you may feel raised bumps on their skin if they have a parasite problem. This could be a rash from a flea allergy or ticks that have already become engorged from their attachment to your pet's body. If your pet bites or scratches at their fur constantly, your pet may be dealing with itchiness or pain caused by parasites.
Preventing A Parasite Infestation
If your pet goes outside, your property needs routine maintenance to help minimize the chances of parasites staying in the area. Using lawn agents specifically designed for flea and tick control can help. Make it a priority to check your pet for fleas and ticks immediately after they spend time outdoors. Launder your pet's bedding in very hot water on a regular basis. Vacuuming and sweeping the interior of your home will help with the removal of flea eggs that may have fallen from your pet's coat. Medication is recommended as a preventative measure.
How Our Veterinarian Can Help
If you are worried that your pet may contract a flea or tick problem, it is best to use a monthly medication to thwart parasite infestations altogether. This is obtained via our veterinary practice and is administered by you when needed. Our vet can also help with skin problems if your pet is already suffering from a flea or tick problem. A full evaluation is conducted to determine the extent of a flea or tick problem and an appropriate treatment is recommended to clear the infestation in full.
If you would like to obtain flea and tick preventative medication for your dog, cat, or exotic pet, Sheehy Animal Hospital in Livonia can help provide proper veterinary care. Contact our veterinarian to make an appointment for a checkup. Our Livonia animal hospital can be reached by calling (248) 206-3030 for more information.