If you are a cat or dog owner, taking the time to protect them from fleas and ticks is an important part of their care. Valley Animal Hospital in Clifton is available to assist with pet vaccinations, pest prevention, routine well-visits, and emergencies. If you have wondered why pet vaccinations are important or what can be done to stop fleas and ticks, our veterinary team is there to help.
Know What Fleas And Ticks Can Do To Pets
When a flea or tick adheres to a pet's body, it can cause reactions to occur. Many pets suffer from itchiness if they have a flea problem. They may have a rash occur. Inflammation of the skin happens after fleas bite. Some pets are also allergic to fleas. Ticks will cause inflammation in the area of the body where they attach themselves to feast upon the pet's blood. They also carry Lyme disease. If your pet ingests a flea, there is a possibility for distress to their digestive system.
Keep Your Pet Protected Both Indoors And Outdoors
Fleas and ticks are most prevalent during the warmer months of the year, however, they can still be problems during cooler times if they are present in your household. For this reason, it is important to tend to both indoor and outdoor environments to limit your pet's exposure to these potential pets. Inside, make sure to routinely clean your pet's bedding and floors. Take the time to keep your outdoor areas trim and use a pest control product on your lawn if you know fleas or ticks are present. Make sure to do spot checks of your pet's fur regularly to see if they have parasites present. If you notice any, make sure to contact our vet's office for treatment.
What Our Veterinarian Does To Help
The best way to combat fleas or ticks is to prevent them from becoming problems at all. This is done with regular dosages of flea and tick medication. It comes in a topical form and can be applied directly to your pet's skin at monthly intervals. This medication will break the life cycle of these parasites and will provide last protection against future outbreaks. Our vet will make recommendations regarding treatment options after an evaluation of your pet's health is conducted.
Call Valley Animal Hospital Today!
If your pet is suffering from a parasite problem, or if you want to know why pet vaccinations are important, our vet is there to answer any questions you have. Call Valley Animal Hospital in Clifton to set up an appointment for an evaluation of your pet's medical conditions at your convenience. Call us at (973) 509-5225 or fill out our online form for an appointment.