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Fleas and ticks are a common health issue with dogs and cats. Fortunately, there are ways to deal with this issue quite easily. Your Columbus veterinarian at Hamilton Road Animal Hospital offers a range of medications to help protect pets from painful skin conditions, infectious diseases and associated complications.
Fleas are the most prevalent pest that pets tend to encounter. They have a complex reproductive cycle with hundreds of species inhabiting the North American continent. Both fleas and ticks feed on blood, and this can cause substantial irritation to your pet’s skin including swelling, redness, infection and other forms of dermatitis. Flea bites can cause tremendous itching, and the presence of fleas in the home can pose a risk to humans as well.
Regular flea and tick preventive treatments for your dog or cat are essential in keeping them free of these pests. Your Columbus veterinarian offers a range of options to assist your pet and your household in staying flea and tick free.
Taking preventative measures in your home and with your pet are also important. Regular cleaning and vacuuming of your home can go a long way in removing any fleas that have entered your home. They can otherwise accumulate in the carpet, in piles of dirty clothing and in bedding in the home.
Giving your pet regular baths can help with flea prevention, as the fleas will drown in the water. Ladybugs are also natural predators of fleas.
For tick prevention, you should avoid taking your pet to places where you know ticks are a problem. Tick season in central Ohio is all year long. Avoid walking them in tall grasses or other areas prone to tick infestation.
Check your pet regularly for ticks especially if they spend a lot of time outdoors. If you find a tick on your pet, take steps to remove it properly. Use tweezers and carefully grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible and gently pull up. Remove it and put it into a container of alcohol. When in doubt, take the tick to your Columbus veterinarian for identification and have your pet checked for any skin problems.
There are a number of flea and tick products that can help your pet stay free of these pests. Flea and tick liquid topical medications and chewable tablets are among the most popular. Consult your Columbus veterinarian at Hamilton Road Animal Hospital.
Your Columbus veterinarian at Hamilton Road Animal Hospital has a goal of providing the highest quality veterinary health care possible for your dog or cat. Preventative care is always best, as this helps your pet to avoid many diseases that could otherwise progress and become serious health issues. Parasite control is at the top of the list for preventative care and ensuring your pet’s continuing quality of life.
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