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Flea & Tick Treatment at a Veterinarian in Sarasota and Parrish

If you have a dog or cat, you know you are supposed to keep them away from fleas and ticks. Have you ever wondered why, though? These tiny insects can wreak havoc on your pets, making them itchy, uncomfortable, and downright miserable. In some rare cases, fleas and ticks can even lead to the early death of your pet. That is why it is so important to take your pet’s health into consideration and bring them to a vet to get flea and tick treatment.

Fleas and Ticks

What Fleas and Ticks Do to Pets

Fleas and ticks can affect both cats and dogs, so you are not necessarily safe if you are a cat owner. These nearly microscopic insects will burrow deep into the animals fur, biting and sucking blood repeatedly.

As you can imagine, this causes extreme discomfort to your pet. They will also be in pain. You might see them itching and think they just have dry skin or are trying to clean themselves, but that is not always the case.

That is why you must be diligent.

How to Tell If Your Pet Has Fleas or Ticks

The most obvious symptom of a flea or tick infestation is itching at the source of the bites. Here is what else you should look out for:

  • Hot spots, or reddened areas around the bites
  • Skin scabbing
  • Obsessive scratching or licking of the area
  • Visible flea eggs, which are white, or fleas themselves, which are black

Tick and Flea Treatment and Prevention

Luckily, there are many treatment options your vet can prescribe for your dog or cat to kill off their fleas and ticks. That said, these treatments do not last forever, so again, diligence is key.

These treatments include:

  • Oral flea and tick medications
  • Flea and tick sprays to be applied where these insects are found on the skin
  • K9 Advantix, Frontline Plus, and other spot-on treatments to be used each month

You also must keep your pets away from fleas and ticks. Here are some ways you can do that:

  • Use foggers if you have carpet inside the home.
  • Consider getting an insect growth regulator or insecticide, again for use inside the home.
  • Vacuum the house regularly, especially in heavily carpeted areas.
  • Be careful where you walk your dog outside.

About Dr. Nina’s Animal Hospital, Your Veterinarian in Sarasota and Parrish

Does your pet have fleas and ticks? Are you looking for treatment? If so, come to Dr. Nina’s Animal Hospital, your veterinarian in Sarasota that also serves those in Parrish.

Besides flea and tick removal, we offer many other services, including surgical services like spaying and neutering, pet dental care, pet wellness care, vaccinations, and pet boarding.

We are led by Dr. Janina Krajewski, DVM, who has been with the animal hospital since it started serving Florida residents in 2007. As a Magna Cum Laude alumna of the Barry University of Miami Shores and the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Nina spent years learning and mastering veterinary care.

To learn more about any of our services or to schedule an appointment today, please contact our Sarasota or Parrish offices at (941) 366-1222.