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Importance of Flea & Tick Prevention

Fleas and ticks that infest a cat or dog could cause the animal to suffer from a great amount of distress. Contact Dove Mountain Veterinary in Marana if your pet requires flea and tick prevention or pet care of any type. Here is some information about flea and tick prevention and how seeing our veterinarian for preventative care can help to protect your pet from infestations.

What Happens When A Pet Gets Fleas Or Ticks

If fleas or ticks become present upon your pet's body, they will likely have some uncomfortable symptoms from their presence. Fleas will bite at a pet's skin, leaving behind small welts that could be painful or itchy. Fleas running through the fur also cause itchiness to a pet. Ticks will embed their jaws into a pet's skin and will eat their blood. The bite site will become red and painful. Tick bites could also lead to medical conditions.

How To Protect A Pet From Fleas Or Ticks

It is important to do your best to keep your pet away from fleas or ticks if you live in an area where they are known to frequent. Treat your lawn with pest control agents and keep grass trim so insects are less likely to congregate on your property. Spot check your pet for these insects often. It is especially important to do so right after they spend outside so the parasites do not have the chance to breed and multiply. Vacuum often and launder your pet's bedding in hot water to kill any fleas, eggs, or larvae present on the material.

What Our Veterinarian Will Do To Help

Our veterinarian will check your pet's body for the presence of parasites and treat them using medication as necessary. Preventative care includes providing your pet with flea and tick topical treatments monthly or using shampoos, dips or collars to keep these insects at bay.

Contact Dove Mountain Veterinary in Marana if your pet requires pet care or flea and tick prevention help. Call our animal hospital at 520-448-9690 for information about preventative care.

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