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As a pet owner, the last thing you want to think about is fleas and ticks. An infestation is a major concern, not only for the suffering it can bring your beloved dog or cat but for the effect it can have on your home and your life. That’s why Sherbrook Animal Hospital in Winnipeg wants you to know about the range of flea and tick prevention and treatment options available today.
The easiest avoidance strategy is to keep your pets from running free in wooded areas and tall grasses. Other proactive practices include keeping your property trimmed and leaves bagged so your yard isn’t an attractive breeding ground. Always seal outdoor garbage containers to avoid drawing flea- or tick-ridden wildlife.
By regularly grooming your cat or dog, and staying alert to suspicious fur activity, you might address the problem in the earliest stages. Use a grooming comb, or even your own, to slowly brush through your pet’s fur. Look for telltale little black spots, which might be flea fecal matter, or, well, anything that moves. Study the blow-up photos of fleas and ticks you find online so you’ll know them when you see them.
Of course, your pet’s constant scratching is the surest sign. Also be on the lookout for fur loss or red, irritated skin, especially on the belly and other areas not normally fur-covered.
Fortunately, there are several products on the market, some available over the counter and others through our veterinary clinic, that can prevent parasites or successfully treat your pet if it does contract fleas or ticks.
Spot-on flea treatment and tick treatment options can be applied monthly to your pet’s back to keep the creepy crawlies away or kill them if they do try to make a home. Frontline Plus and K9 Advantix are examples of these easy-to-apply pet protection products. Sprays such as Frontline Spray are often used when fleas or ticks have been found.
Various oral treatments can also prevent problems. They offer full-body coverage, whereas the topical sprays and applications might leave some areas of your pet vulnerable. It’s important to keep in mind that many of these treatments should only be used for one type of animal or another. Some products should be avoided on smaller pets or those that are very young or old. Always read label directions carefully.
It’s best to first consult your veterinary professional before adopting any flea and tick prevention or treatment strategies. Call Sherwood Animal Hospital in Winnipeg at (204) 774-3544. We’ll examine your pet and recommend the options that are right for your four-legged friend.
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