Any animal can pick up a stray flea and start a cycle of infestation that can make your pet miserable. A simple walk in the park can be an opportunity for a tick to attach itself to your pet. Regular use of flea and tick prevention products will keep your pet from discomfort and disease carried by these pests. At Little Animal Hospital in Longview, TX, we provide effective flea and tick prevention measures for pets.
Preventing Flea Infestations on Your Pet and In Your Home
Fleas are tiny insects that feed on the blood of host animals. They can be found anywhere outdoors or on other animals. Fleas go through a life cycle that can keep your pet infested with pests for many weeks, causing constant itching and scratching. The fleas can even lay eggs in your carpeting, upholstery, and bedding. Getting rid of fleas on your pet and in your home can be a laborious, time-consuming task. You can avoid these common infestations by regularly using flea prevention medications.
Preventing Diseases Carried by Ticks
Ticks are another type of pest that can be acquired outdoors. Ticks attach themselves to an animal and feed on blood. They can carry several diseases, such as Lyme disease, babesiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and anaplasmosis. Animals that are affected by tick infestation may show weakness, poor appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea. Treatment can be lengthy and expensive, so prevention is the best way to ensure tick-borne diseases will not affect your pet.
Options for Flea & Tick Prevention
The array of flea and tick prevention methods can be confusing. You will find an array of powders, sprays, collars, and spot-on treatments for both cats and dogs. These must be reapplied regularly to provide full protection. Our veterinarian can also provide oral medications that offer longer protection. Our vet will help design the most effective flea and tick prevention regimen based on your pet’s breed and lifestyle.
Contact Our Animal Hospital in Longview, TX Today
At Little Animal Hospital, we have been providing pet owners in Longview, TX with reliable flea and tick prevention services for many years. We offer many other veterinary services as well including wellness exams, vaccinations, surgery, dental care, orthopedics, and laser therapy. For more information on flea and tick prevention or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian, call us today at (903) 759-8781.