Protecting Your Pets From Flea & Tick Infestations
Fleas and ticks can infest any mammal, but you are most likely to encounter them on your cat or dog. This is partly because these pets can get into areas that harbor the parasites. Therefore, it's a good idea to check for them on a daily basis, even if your pet has been given medications by an Olathe veterinarian to prevent long-term infestations.
Checking for Ticks
Dogs, cats, and any other outdoor mammalian pets should be checked for ticks every day. To do so, feel through their fur with enough pressure to detect any small bumps. If you feel a bump, part the fur to see what it is. A tick can range from the size of a pinhead to about that of a pea, depending on how engorged it is. Small ones are usually dark brown or black, but engorged ones turn a strange grayish-white color.
When feeling around for ticks, be sure to check all parts of your pet's skin. Pay special attention to the toes, behind the ears, all four armpits, and the head. Be sure to check the entire ear and in the outer part of the ear canal as well. Ticks love to collect in these areas.
Preventing New Tick and Flea Infestations
There is usually no need to use separate medications for tick prevention and flea prevention. Modern solutions prescribed by your veterinarian make it so that neither type of parasite can live long enough to be a long-term problem. These work by making your dog's blood toxic to the parasites.
To get these preventives, just make an appointment with a Gardner veterinarian. He will prescribe the ones appropriate to your pet's species and breed.
Visit Oakbrook Animal Hospital Today
Your veterinarian in Gardner is also a great source of information on how to extract any ticks you find. Alternatively, you can bring your pet into our office here at Oakbrook Animal Hospital and we'll take care of it for you. Contact us today at 913-884-8778.