Parasite Prevention

Prevent Your Pet From Dealing With Flea and Tick Bites

Not only are parasites frustrating to deal with if they find their way onto your pet and into your home, but fleas and ticks can also cause serious skin conditions and infect your pet with diseases. As a pet owner in Leonardtown, it is essential for your pet’s health to provide appropriate flea and tick prevention. Fortunately, all it takes to help prevent your pet from suffering from a flea and/or tick problem is applying a few precautionary measures around your home and a visit to the veterinarian.

Doggo playing on train tracks, parasite free.

The Importance of Tick and Flea Treatment

Both flea and tick bites can lead to serious health problems for your pet; in fact, many of the diseases carried by ticks can be fatal for your pet as well as the humans in your home. Along with preventing hot spots and skin infections from flea bites, flea and tick prevention methods can help protect your pet from:

  • Cat scratch fever
  • Allergic reactions
  • Tapeworms
  • Lyme disease
  • Rocky Mountain fever

Preventing fleas and ticks from inhabiting your pet’s skin also helps to prevent these parasites from infesting your home, where they can bite humans as well as the other pets in your home. Some diseases, such as cat scratch fever can cause severe health problems in humans, especially those with low immune systems, the elderly and organ donor recipients.

Flea Treatment & Tick Prevention Options in Leonardtown

When it comes to flea and tick treatment options, pet owners in Leonardtown have several options to choose from. It is important to remember that before using flea and tick prevention, always visit the vet for the veterinary recommendations that are best suited for your pet. Some of the most common options include:

  • Topical medications
  • Oral medications
  • Collars
  • Sprays
  • Dips

It is important to keep in mind that flea and tick prevention is the best method when it comes to parasites. If your pet has an infestation of fleas and/or fleas have taken up residency in your home, your vet will be able to recommend the best flea treatment to rid your pet and home of fleas.  In addition to using parasite prevention products for your pet, there are a few things you can do around your home to reduce the risk of an infestation, such as keeping the grass mowed as short as possible, trim bushes and remove all leaves, clippings, and brush where ticks and fleas may be living.

Protect Your Pet at Our Leonardtown Veterinarian

To learn more about flea and tick treatments and prevention, contact Breton Veterinary Hospital.

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