Parasites like fleas and ticks can cause pets to suffer from a great deal of distress. If your cat or dog has external parasites, or if you want to provide your pet with prevention against these pests, contact Animal Clinic Of Council Bluffs in Glenwood or Council Bluffs to make an appointment with our Veterinarian. Here is information about parasites so you can learn the symptoms of parasite infestations, know how to avoid them, and understand what a trip to our animal hospital for pet care from our veterinary team can do to help.
Signs Your Pet Has Parasites
One sign that indicates your pet may have fleas or ticks is noticeable scratching or biting at their coat. Pets will attempt to stop itchiness or pain with their claws or nails. This, in turn, can cause cuts on their skin. Your pet may also hide. Fleas cause itchy, red bumps on the skin. Ticks will cause pain at the site where they attach.
How to Avoid a Parasite Problem
It is best to check your pets’ fur for fleas or ticks each time they go outdoors. Consider keeping a comb and pair of tweezers near your door so you can remove any parasites quickly before they have a chance to reproduce while hiding in your pets’ fur. Treat your lawn with agents used to keep fleas and ticks at bay. Take the time to vacuum or sweep your floors frequently, as this will remove flea eggs and larvae, which could infest your pet easily. Launder your pet's bedding regularly in very hot water to kill off fleas, ticks, eggs, and larvae. Do spot checks of your pets’ fur often as well.
How Veterinary Care Can Help
It is wise to make an appointment with our veterinarian to obtain medication that keeps parasites from infesting your pets. This is usually topical in nature and is easily applied between the shoulder blades of your pets. Flea and tick preventative medication needs to be applied every month to provide nonstop protection against parasites. If your pets are already suffering from parasites, our vet will treat them with medication and provide you with steps to take at home to keep an infestation from occurring.
Make an appointment for pet care with a veterinary team that really cares about their patients. Contact Animal Clinic Of Council Bluffs to meet with our Veterinarian. Call our Council Bluffs office at 712-355-7168 or our Glenwood location at 712-522-1799.