If you believe your cat or dog is struggling with a pest problem, contact Miami Shores Animal Clinic in Miami Shores for effective flea treatment and tick prevention measures. Here is information on the signs of a parasite infestation, how to protect your pet against fleas and ticks, and what a parasite prevention appointment at our clinic will look like.
Signs Your Pet Has A Parasite Problem
Fleas are small insects that can hop very far. They run through a pet's fur quickly. They also bite, leaving behind small welts on a pet's skin. Some dogs and cats are allergic to flea bites and suffer from extreme itchiness as a result. Ticks look like small spiders. They adhere to a pet's skin and blow up in size as they become filled with their host's blood. The spot where a tick adheres can easily become infected.
Protecting Your Pet from External Parasites
It is wise to tend to your property regularly so fleas and ticks are less likely to congregate on the ground. Treating your lawn with a pesticide for fleas and ticks works well. However, you mustn't allow your cat or dog outside during or right after the application of a chemical agent. Comb your pet often to check their coat for fleas. Part your pet's fur to look for ticks after your pet spends time outdoors. Wash your pet's bedding in hot water every week and conduct routine vacuuming and sweeping sessions to eliminate eggs, larvae, and parasites from the floor of your home.
Veterinary Care for Parasites
When you bring your dog or cat to our veterinary practice, a full evaluation of their medical condition will be conducted to rule out conditions requiring treatment. Our veterinarian will check your pet's fur for the presence of fleas and their skin for tick problems. If one is noticed, medication will be provided to eliminate the problem. If your pet is suffering from an allergic reaction due to flea or tick bites, additional medication may need to be applied. Future outbreaks will be thwarted by providing your pet with a topical medication each month. This stops the flea and tick life cycle and keeps your pet comfortable all year long.
Veterinary Care in Miami Shores
If your pet needs a tick or flea treatment or preventative medication for parasites, contact Miami Shores Animal Clinic. To find out more about our practice, to inquire about the veterinary services we provide, or to schedule an appointment, call us at (305) 757-3030.