Flea and Tick Prevention

Fleas and ticks are more than pesky parasites that make your furry friend itch and scratch; these critters can pose dangerous health effects on both animals and humans. At South Coast Veterinary Hospital in Laguna Niguel, CA, we understand this and work with our clients on preventative care methods to ensure you don't have to deal with the awful effects fleas and ticks can bring.

Flea and Tick Prevention

However, if your pet is suffering from a flea or tick infestation, our team of highly qualified and caring veterinary professionals can help get rid of the problem quickly and have your pet feeling better in no time. Keep reading for more information on flea and tick prevention.

Why Should I Use Flea and Tick Prevention Products on My Pet?

Fleas and ticks can make your pet miserable. They not only cause itching and scratching but can also lead to skin irritation and infection. Worse, they carry diseases that can be transferred to your pet. Some diseases are zoonotic, meaning they can be spread from animals to humans. Fleas can carry tapeworms, and ticks can carry Lyme disease and Rocky Spotted Mountain Fever, all of which can be debilitating to pets and their humans. Using flea and tick prevention is crucial for the health of everyone in your home.

Signs That Your Pet May Have Fleas or Ticks

    • Pale lips or gums
    • Head shaking
    • Biting, licking, scratching
    • Hair loss
    • Scabs
    • Skin twitching
    • Bumps on the skin
    • Evidence of flea dirt

Where Can Fleas And Ticks Be Found?

It's important to keep in mind that fleas and ticks can live both indoors and outdoors. Fleas often congregate in bushes, piles of leaves or debris, and under decks. Ticks are often found in tall grass, wooded areas, and in woodpiles. Great care should be taken when your pet is in these areas. These parasites can also live in carpeting, furniture, and bedding, so if you've found them on your pet, vacuum and wash everything thoroughly.

How Can I Prevent Fleas and Ticks

Your vet can help you decide what type of prevention method is right based on your pet's lifestyle, age, health, and breed. Many options are available and include:

    • Collars
    • Topical ointment
    • Oral (chewable or pill form)
    • Flea shampoo

All of these methods are useful in keeping fleas and ticks at bay. Your animal hospital may recommend a combination of products such as a collar and topical ointment to ensure the best possible coverage.

Contact South Coast Veterinary Hospital

Are you looking for a veterinarian near you? If you have any questions about flea and tick prevention, our staff at our animal hospital in Laguna Niguel is happy to help. Give us a call or visit our website for more information.

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