Flea and Tick Prevention

Flea and Tick Prevention from Southside Veterinary Hospital

At Southside Veterinary Hospital in Vero Beach FL, we handle flea and tick prevention for pets. We receive many questions about preventative care for pets. A veterinarian from our staff will equip you with the knowledge to tackle the problem head-on. Learn more about flea and tick prevention by reading on.

Flea and Tick Prevention

Causes of Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks are common, but your pets' thick and dense coats make them more susceptible. Common causes include:

  • Warm weather: Fleas and ticks are more common in the hotter months. They hide in tall grass and shady areas where pets like to go. 
  • Other animals Your pet can pick up ticks and fleas from another infected animal.
  • Yourself: You can pick up fleas and ticks on your shoes or clothing and pass them to your pet. 

The Importance of Flea and Tick Prevention

Not only are fleas and ticks pesky and annoying to your pet, but they can also cause a host of problems. Flea bites can cause allergic reactions that last for days or even weeks.  They can also carry parasitic worms that have Lyme disease or spotted fever. You will notice inflammation and itching as the first signs that your pet has ticks or fleas. Fleas often cause hot spots, which are areas that are inflamed due to excessive scratching. Our veterinary team can help recommend the appropriate treatment should your pet have ticks or fleas.

Preventing Fleas and Ticks

One of the best ways to prevent fleas and ticks is to use medicated treatment regularly. You should also practice excellent grooming habits. Dirty and managed coats are likely to increase the risk of fleas and ticks. It's also essential to keep your pet's coat clean to prevent parasites from entering your own.

In-home remedies are possible, but our team recommends medicated flea and tick products. You can use these products even on puppies. The dosage depends on your pet's weight. We will be able to discuss the flea and tick prevention products with you to help you decide on which products are right for your pet. 

Contact Southside Veterinary Hospital in Vero Beach, FL for Flea and Tick Prevention 

Flea and Tick Prevention is an overall component of excellent health for your pet. At Southside Veterinary Hospital, we take great pride in taking care of our pet patients. Call us today at 772-562-7845 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.

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