Pet Flea and Tick Prevention
Cats and dogs are furry, fluffy creatures that bring us joy. Unfortunately, that fur and fluff can hide pests known as fleas and ticks. These parasitic creatures are almost too small to see but can wreak havoc on your pet. It's important to initiate preventative care and get your pet the flea and tick treatment that they need.
At Parkway Animal Hospital, we want to help you get your pet the flea and tick preventative care to help stave off these unwanted parasites. With the help of our veterinarian in Grand Prairie, TX, you can rest assured your pet will remain comfortable throughout the year and won't be subject to attacks from flea or tick insects.
What Is a Flea or a Tick?
Fleas and ticks are two separate creatures. Fleas are small insects that can travel long distances by jumping, and they can quickly spread from one animal to another. Both cats and dogs can be affected by fleas. These insects feed off the blood of your cat or dog by latching on to its skin. Ticks are like fleas, except that are a bit larger and tend to feed on different hosts. Fleas tend to stick with one cat or dog until the end of their life cycle.
In any case, both fleas and ticks can be incredibly destructive and cause harm to your pet. There are several signs you should look out for in your pet, including:
- Excessive itching
- Clumps of dried blood on their coat
- Balding due to excessive grooming
- Red, dry skin
- Visible fleas and ticks on them
Knowing how to recognize the signs of fleas and ticks as well as initiating preventative care can help your pet stay comfortable and prevent infections from fleas and ticks.
How Our Veterinarian Can Help
Visiting our veterinarian is a great first step in preventing flea and tick infestations. Our veterinarian can help provide your pet with a topical ointment to prevent fleas and ticks latching onto their skin. They can also help provide grooming services to get rid of existing fleas and ticks and recommend grooming products to soothe itchy skin.
It's important to visit our veterinarian for prescription tick and flea treatments. During different seasons, fleas and ticks might be immune to the past season's ointment, meaning you may need to visit our veterinarian if your current medicine stops working.
Keep Your Pet Comfortable and Visit Us at Parkway Animal Hospital
Call us at Parkway Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment at our Grand Prairie, TX, clinic. We'll help provide the best services possible so your pet can be free of fleas and ticks. Call us at (972) 263-7277.