If you are the owner of a dog or cat, you likely want them to remain in the best of health. One important part of caring for your pet is providing them with flea treatment and tick prevention actions. If your pet is suffering from a flea or tick problem, and you are located in Surrey, Newton, Delta, or Langley township, contact Grandview Animal Hospital for veterinary care. Read on to learn the signs of a parasite infestation, how to keep fleas and ticks away from your pet, and what our vet will do if your pets are already suffering from the presence of these pests.
How to Recognize a Flea or Tick Problem
If your pets have fleas or ticks, you will likely see them scratching or biting at their skin to try to relieve themselves of discomfort. If your pet has fleas, you may notice small specks of black throughout their fur. This is called "flea dirt" and is the excrement these pests leave behind. If your pet has ticks, you may notice a "bum" underneath your pet's coat. Ticks that become engorged with blood will become hard to the touch. Ticks resemble small spiders with six legs.
Keeping Fleas and Ticks Away from Your Pet
It is important to check your pet for the presence of fleas and ticks regularly. Invest in a flea comb and a pair of tweezers to remove pests from your pets when they are noticed. If fleas and ticks have infested your pet, a trip to our veterinarian is best for appropriate treatment. Make sure to vacuum carpets and wipe down hardwood floors to remove fleas, eggs, and larvae inside your home. Launder your pet's bedding in hot water on a regular basis as well. You can also treat your lawn with pest control agents if necessary.
How Our Veterinarian Can Help Your Pet
If your dog or cat has fleas or ticks, promptly removing them will stop the discomfort your pet is experiencing. This is usually done with aid from a topical treatment. Our veterinarian will provide an examination for your pet and then give you instructions on how to administer medication so fleas and ticks are eradicated completely.
Give Grandview Animal Hospital a call if your dog or cat requires tick prevention help or topical flea treatment. Our practice is available for those living in the Surrey, Langley township, Newton, or Delta areas. Contact us by calling 604-385-3662 or by filling out our online appointment request form today.