Fleas and ticks are more than just a nuisance to your pet. These pests can be a danger to your animal’s health. It is vital to protect your pet against fleas and tick year-round so you can avoid preventable issues. At West Boca Veterinary Center, serving Boca Raton, FL, our veterinarian provides a variety of tick and flea prevention measures to ensure that your pet stays healthy. If your pet does get infested, we will provide the proper treatment for your animal. Our goal is to keep your pets happy and healthy.
Dangers of Fleas and Ticks
Fleas and ticks are parasites that feed on your pet's blood. They attach to your pet’s skin and can spread diseases. Infected ticks can spread dangerous diseases to your pet, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease.
Fleas will suck your pet's blood, which can easily make an already sick pet or a young one anemic. Additionally, fleas can be infected with parasites. When your pet swallows a flea with a parasite, it can develop tapeworms. Pets can also be allergic to flea saliva, making your pet itchy and uncomfortable. Fleas can also spread throughout your home and bite humans.
These pests are often difficult to get rid of. This is why it is important to prevent an infestation in the first place.
Flea and Tick Prevention
Our vet will discuss your options with you about flea and tick prevention measures. The best method for your pet will depend on its health and environment. One option is a chewable medication. With this, your pet takes the pill once a month or once every three months.
Another option is a spot-on treatment, which consists of a medication that is applied to your pet's skin.
In some cases, our vet may recommend a flea collar for prevention. These, however, aren't effective at keeping ticks away.
When our vet is deciding on the best solution for your pet, we will perform a physical examination on your animal. Our vet will look for any signs of a current flea or tick issue. During this portion of the exam, our veterinarian will look at your pet's medication history to determine if any of the flea and tick prevention methods could be dangerous for your pet. Additionally, our vet will weigh your pet. The weight of your pet will determine the dosage.
Visit Our Veterinarian in Boca Raton, FL for Tick and Flea Prevention
Flea and tick prevention methods will help your pet stay healthy and protected from diseases. At West Boca Veterinary Center in Boca Raton, FL, our veterinarian will guide you on what prevention methods your pet needs. Call us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more.