If you notice your pet has been extremely itchy lately, has developed bald spots, or is doing more grooming than usual, these can all be signs of a flea or tick infestation. These are parasites that can not only cause havoc to your pet, but can also pose a threat to your health as well. It's important to get treatment for your pet as soon as possible to prevent a flea or tick infestation.
At Georgetown Animal Hospital, we can help provide you with the best flea and tick prevention services at our clinic in Georgetown, OH. We offer a wide range of preventative maintenance, pet checkup services, and more along with our flea and tick prevention. We want to help your pet feel relief and get rid of any fleas and ticks that might be causing them harm.
What Are Fleas and Ticks?
Fleas and ticks are small parasites. They cling on to the skin of their host and feed off of its blood supply, causing major discomfort.
Fleas and ticks might be thought of as the same creatures, but they are highly different. Fleas are known to jump and can quickly spread from animal to animal, including cats and dogs. They have short, flat bodies with rings around them that make it difficult to capture them without a professional flea comb. In humans, fleas can also bite and harm people.
Ticks are flat, rounder-bodied parasites that have legs poking out of their abdomens. They do not jump around like fleas too, but grow fatter and larger as they feed on more and more of their hosts' blood. Ticks can be dangerous to humans, as they carry several different diseases.
Does My Pet Need Flea and Tick Prevention?
Fleas and ticks can be treated on your pet, but it's always best to prevent them so your pet doesn't have to go through the discomfort of having them. Fleas and ticks cause extreme itchiness in pets, and you might also notice your pet excessively grooming and causing bald spots on their coat.
The best way to prevent them is to have a veterinarian prescribe strong medication that is applied directly on the skin. This medication acts fast and can help kill off and prevent fleas and ticks from latching on to your pet.
Keep Your Pet Healthy at Georgetown Animal Hospital
Call us today at Georgetown Animal Hospital to see how we can help you get the best care for your pet!