Fleas, ticks, and other parasites are common among dogs, cats, and other animals. Fleas and ticks are particularly a nuisance if your pet spends a lot of time outdoors. Fortunately, our veterinarian can help with tick and flea treatment. If you live in or near Houston, get in touch with Copperfield Animal Clinic to schedule an appointment.
Often, dangerous chemicals are used to kill ticks and fleas. When used properly, these chemicals pose minimal risk to your pet. However, improperly applied treatments could harm your dog or cat. That’s why it’s important to speak with a veterinarian before beginning treatment.
Ticks and the Dangers They Pose to Your Pets
Ticks are hardy parasites that like to attach themselves to animals, and sucking blood from the host. Ticks can also transfer serious diseases, such as Lyme disease. Without tick prevention, your dog, cat, or other animal is left exposed.
With tick prevention, our veterinarian can prescribe treatment. A tick prevention collar, for example, emits small amounts of gas that is toxic to ticks. Sprays, powders, and other treatment methods can also be used. These tick prevention medications and tools discourage ticks from attaching to your pet.
Should a tick attach itself, the medications may knock them off your pet’s body. Some tick prevention products deposit chemicals into sebaceous glands. While these chemicals don’t pose a serious risk to your pets, they can stop ticks dead in their tracks.
Fleas, a Common but Treatable Parasite
Many dogs and cats will be affected by fleas at some point. There are over 2,000 species of fleas worldwide, and different fleas may require different treatments. While ticks are arachnids, fleas are insects. Either way, both prove to be a nuisance.
Like ticks, fleas can also transmit diseases. Once fleas have found a home on your pet, they can survive a long time and may not go away until you treat them. Fleas can lay eggs on your pet and around the house, ensuring new generations. Fleas can also hop from one pet onto another pet, and even onto you. Fortunately, flea treatment can help.
Early veterinary treatment is advised. Some medications, such as oral flea and tick pills, and collars will discourage fleas from establishing themselves on your pet. If these prove insufficient sprays and pet bathing products can be used to kill off the fleas or ticks.
Tick and Flea Veterinary Treatment in Houston, TX
Ticks and fleas are both common in Texas and around Houston. Texas is home to many natural wonders. For better or worse, fleas and ticks make themselves at home outside, waiting for your dog or cat. Is your pet plagued by fleas or ticks? Call Copperfield Animal Clinic today at (281) 859-4430 to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian for flea and tick prevention.