Best Friends Veterinary Hospital: Flea and Tick Prevention
Ticks and fleas can attach themselves to your pet and dermatitis, sickness, or even infection. While many pet owners think they are following preventative practices for ticks and fleas, but they may not be familiar with other places parasites can be hiding.
Flea and Tick Prevention
Prevention is the most cost-effective method to deal with fleas and ticks. You won't need to worry about the costs and inconvenience of dealing with an infestation, and your pet will appreciate you being a proactive pet owner.
Cut grass short and keep your shrubs trimmed. An easy landscaping job will prevent fleas from attaching onto tall blades of grass or shrubbery and attaching itself to your pet when they pass by.
Discourage feral pests and wildlife from coming into contact with your yard. Raccoons and opossums are carriers of fleas. Prevent them from finding refuge on your property by making sure to bring the dog and cat food inside the home.
After being outside, make sure to run a flea comb through your pet's coat, reducing the potential of pests into your home. For long-haired pets, consider cutting or even shaving their hair during the summer months — it will keep your pet cooler, and it will prevent breeding fleas from attaching themselves onto your pet's coat.
If you live in tick territory, keep your pets away from highly wooded vegetation during the warmer months. Patches of overgrown grass, shrubs, and meadows with thick brush tend to be breeding grounds for ticks.
The ticks engage in a behavior called questing — they climb onto the tallest blades of grass and position themselves to latch onto any mammal that happens to brush against them. The best way to prevent ticks is to prevent your pet from playing in densely wooded areas, train them to stay on the trails when hiking or camping, and to consistently check your dog's coat every day, especially if they tend to be outdoor animals.
About Best Fri ends Veterinary Hospital
Catering to the Crossville, TN area, Best Friends Veterinary Hospital can help you win the fight against ticks and fleas in several ways: we can prescribe year-long flea treatment that will prevent infections like Rocky Mountain spotted fever or "cat scratch" disease. We can also remediate current infections, making sure that your pet is disease and pest free. To learn more, contact us.