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Flea and Tick Prevention

Flea and Tick Prevention

Caring for a pet in Houston starts with taking measures to prevent complications with an animal's health. Treatment for fleas and ticks are important to help reduce the amount of risks to your pet's health. In our veterinary clinic, we offer the care you need to limit the risks to your pet by preventing fleas and ticks from causing harm.

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Why Avoid Fleas and Ticks on Your Pets

The primary reason to avoid fleas and ticks on your dog or cat is the health risks. Fleas and ticks carry diseases that harm your pet's health. A tick may carry Lyme's Disease, which they pass to your dog or cat. Fleas cause irritation from their bites. Some pets also develop allergic reactions to flea or tick bites.

By taking measures to prevent the insects from harming your pet, you will avoid complications with your pet's well-being. Fleas and ticks also bite humans, so you want to limit potential exposure for your entire family.

Treatments for the Pests

The treatments we recommend for the pests depend on your pet. We may suggest a variety of different strategies based on your lifestyle, the risks to your pet and the situation.

A common treatment we use for flea and tick prevention is an oral medication. Your pet takes the medication and has complete protection against fleas or ticks. When using a medication, you want to work with our veterinary clinic in Houston. Since each dog and cat has different needs in relation to medication, you want to ensure the medication is appropriate for your pet's health. 

You can also use spray-on treatments and flea collars to reduce the risk of fleas and ticks. The downside of using a spray on flea treatment is that it washes off and you need to re-apply the treatment. It also has a risk of missing spots on your pet's body. The final downside to consider is the potential irritation to your pet's skin. The collar and spray-on treatment may irritate your pet's skin.

How Our Veterinarian Helps with Flea and Tick Prevention

Our veterinarian helps with flea and tick prevention by providing the treatment your pet needs. We recommend a medication or treatment strategy based on the needs of your pet. We may also take measures to help remove fleas and ticks that are already living in your pet's coat.

Fleas and ticks cause complications with your pet's health. They may spread diseases to your pet or cause irritation from their bites. By working with our veterinary team, you reduce the risk of health concerns from the pests. To learn more or to set up an appointment, call (281) 890-1960today.

 

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