Flea and Tick Prevention
Preventing fleas and ticks from infesting your pets is a crucial part of ensuring their continued health. Besides being really uncomfortable and itchy, fleas can carry tapeworm and other parasites, while ticks can transmit a host of diseases, including Lyme. Dr. Raja Velu, of Finn Hill Animal Hospital in Kirkland, Washington, can help keep your pet safe from fleas and ticks, as well as treat any difficult to manage infestations.
Tips for Preventing and Treating Flea and Tick Infestation
Consistent prevention through medication is a lot easier than treating new outbreaks. You should regularly and thoroughly check your pet’s fur with a flea comb, especially focusing on the neck, ears, head, and paws. In addition to looking for actual pests, feel for tick bumps and look for “flea dirt,” which is flea fecal matter. Drown any flea you find in the soapy water, so they don’t have a chance to jump off of your pet.
If you’re in the midst of an outbreak, you’ll have to treat your home as well as your pet, so things don’t spiral further out of control. Vacuum your home often and use insecticides and insect growth regulators (IGR), which stop the eggs from developing. Take all of your soft, removable fabrics, like rugs and bedding, and wash them in hot water.
Different Types and Methods of Flea and Tick Prevention
Spot treatments, flea sprays and oral medications designed to treat infestations and prevent ticks and fleas from latching on to your furry friends. Popular spot-on treatments are highly effective and easy to use, requiring a simple application of a medicated liquid on your pet’s back once a month. They’re inexpensive and have very few side effects. Alcohol-based sprays kill existing fleas and ticks instantly, although they can produce unwanted complications for your pets. Sometimes they work in conjunction with a topical medication in order to keep the eggs from hatching. The benefit of oral medication is that it protects your pet’s entire body, unlike topical treatments that may miss some spots.
How Our Kirkland Veterinarian Can Prevent Fleas and Ticks, Contact Us Today
What if your pet is past the point of prevention? Don’t stress! Our Kirkland veterinarian can help treat your pet’s tick and flea infestation through the use of high-quality medications and stop future outbreaks with monthly preventative medication.
Besides flea and tick prevention and treatment services, Finn Hill Animal Hospital offers a variety of veterinary services, including comprehensive exams, vaccines, microchipping, surgery, dentistry, emergency care and more. If you’re looking for a quality veterinarian in Kirkland, schedule an appointment with Finn Hill Animal Hospital today by calling our office at 425-814-2220.