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Understanding Flea and Tick Prevention

If you have a cat or dog, flea and tick prevention should be a priority for managing their health.
Unchecked, fleas and ticks can cause severe damage to your pet’s health. Not only do these pests
cause skin irritation like redness and itchy rashes, but they may also transmit potentially serious
diseases such as Lyme disease. Fortunately, there are several methods of prevention that you can
use to combat these pests.
Medical Treatments
Common flea and tick preventatives come in a variety of forms, from topically applied treatments to
pills. Topical treatments are typically used on a monthly basis, while pills may only need to be
administered once every three months. Oral treatments may be the most convenient, as many come
in flavored tablets that your pet will readily accept. These products generally contain insecticides that
target the pests directly and make it difficult for them to latch on.
Environmental Control
Part of managing flea and tick infestations involves controlling the environment in which they live and
breed. Vacuuming regularly, washing bedding frequently, and keeping lawns mowed are all good
steps. Certain products such as sprays or yard treatments can also be used to create an
inhospitable environment for fleas and ticks.
Regular Check-Ups
On top of the prevention methods outlined above, it’s important to bring your pet in for regular check-
ups with your veterinarian. During these visits, the veterinarian will be able to detect any signs of flea
or tick infestation and provide additional treatments as necessary.
Flea and tick prevention is an important part of owning a pet, but it can be overwhelming to figure out
the best methods. Your veterinarian is a valuable resource for determining the right course of action
for you and your pet. Contact your veterinary clinic today to learn more about caring for your pet.