Because pets like cats and dogs have fur, fleas and ticks can become a problem if they make their way into their coat. If you believe your pet has a flea or tick problem, contact our veterinarian at Snodgrass Veterinary Medical Center in Bowling Green for an assessment and treatment if necessary. Here are some parasite prevention tips to take into consideration.
If your pet is going to spend any length of time outdoors, it is best to take precautions to keep them from contracting a flea or tick problem while on your property. Contact a pest control service in your area to eliminate these pests completely from areas where your pet is known to frequent. Check your pet's coat for any parasites before allowing them to go back into the home as well.
If you think your pet has come into contact with fleas or ticks, it is best to use a comb through their fur to see if you can collect any inhabitants. Ticks will require help from a pair of tweezers to remove them effectively. If parasites are noticed, a trip to our veterinarian is necessary. In addition, vacuum areas where your pet rests to remove any additional fleas, ticks, or eggs.
Our veterinarian will prescribe or recommend appropriate flea and tick elimination products to help keep your pet free of pests. This parasite prevention method works by administering a topical medication to your pet each month to kill fleas and ticks within a day. These medications also break the life cycle of these pests so they do not become a problem again in the coming weeks. It is necessary to apply these topical treatments monthly to keep pets free of pests.