Fleas don’t just affect your pets – they can wreak havoc on your whole household! The best way to keep your pet, your home, and your family pest-free is to stop them before they can get through your door. Protecting your pet and home from fleas and ticks means protecting them from the diseases these pests carry, like tapeworms and Lyme disease. Some pets (and people) can even develop skin allergies to flea or tick bites, which causes them to itch constantly. If your pet spends much of its time outdoors or if you live in a wooded area, you may need to be on high alert for ticks, too. Once fleas have infested your home, you must kill not only live adults, but also their eggs and larvae, which is why prevention is almost always easier than treatment. Citrus Animal Clinic has numerous modern advancements in parasite prevention that are simple to administer, nontoxic, and best of all, more effective than older over-the-counter remedies.
Thanks to Florida’s warm climate, fleas are a threat year-round. These tiny wingless insects jump onto your pets, feast on their blood, and lay eggs, which can be carried into your home or yard. One flea can lay up to 50 eggs a day, and 25 fertile females can multiply into nearly half a million offspring in a month! A quick glance at your pet’s fur isn’t enough since fleas are small and tough to spot. Pull back your pet’s fur with a comb and examine the skin for tiny black dots, which are flea feces. It’s also a good idea to check your carpets or your pet’s bedding, places where fleas love to hide. If you find traces of flea infestation, be sure to call Citrus Animal Clinic for advice on ways to manage these pest infestations.
A nice walk through the park or a hike in the woods may seem harmless but can actually bring these unwanted guests back to your home. Start a habit of checking your pet for ticks everytime you come back indoors. Early tick removal is a great way to prevent transmission of disease. If you find a tick feeding on your dog or cat, don’t panic. To remove the tick, grasp firmly with tweezers as close as you can to your pet’s skin, but be careful not to squeeze too hard. This can push saliva and the “guts” of the tick into your pet. Pull up on the tick gently, in one continuous twisting motion, making sure to get the whole tick, head and all. For the next few days, keep an eye on the area where the tick was. If you notice any signs of infection or change in your pet’s behavior, make sure to bring your pet in so that Citrus Animal Clinic can help make sure your pet stays healthy.