Flea Control

Fleas are small, wingless insects that can infest your pet and cause discomfort and health issues. Here are some key points about fleas on your pet:

  • Identification: Fleas are tiny, brownish insects that are visible to the naked eye. They have a flat body, strong legs for jumping, and are usually found in areas with fur, such as the neck, back, and tail base of your pet.
  • Health Risks: Fleas can cause various health problems for your pet. They can transmit diseases, such as flea allergy dermatitis, which causes severe itching and skin irritation. Fleas can also carry other parasites, like tapeworms, which can infect your pet if they ingest fleas during grooming.
  • Prevention: Regular flea prevention is essential to keep your pet protected. Use flea control products recommended by us, such as topical treatments, oral medications, or flea collars. These products kill fleas and prevent infestations. Vacuuming your home frequently and washing your pet’s bedding can also help control fleas in the environment.
  • Treatment: If your pet has fleas, it’s important to treat both your pet and your home. Consult us for appropriate flea treatment options for your pet. Treat your pet with a flea product that kills adult fleas and prevents their reproduction. Additionally, thoroughly clean and treat your home by washing bedding, vacuuming carpets and furniture, and using appropriate flea control products or professional pest control services.
  • Environmental Control: Fleas have a life cycle that includes eggs, larvae, pupae, and adults. To effectively control fleas, it’s important to address all stages of the life cycle. Regular and consistent flea control measures are necessary to break the flea life cycle and prevent re-infestation.

Here are a few indications that your pet might have fleas:

  • Excessive Scratching: If you notice your pet scratching more than usual, particularly around their neck, back, tail base, or hindquarters, it could be a sign of fleas. Flea bites can cause intense itching and discomfort for your pet.
  • Hair Loss and Skin Irritation: Flea bites can irritate your pet’s skin, leading to hair loss, redness, inflammation, and the formation of small bumps or scabs. If you observe any of these symptoms, it could be a result of flea bites.
  • Flea Dirt: Flea dirt is the faeces of fleas and appears as small black specks on your pet’s skin and fur. It resembles pepper or tiny grains of dirt. You can detect flea dirt by combing your pet’s fur with a fine-toothed flea comb or by gently wiping a damp white paper towel along their coat. If the specks turn reddish-brown when moistened, it indicates the presence of flea dirt.
  • Visible Fleas: In some cases, you may actually see fleas on your pet’s fur. Fleas are small, dark brown insects that move quickly and can be challenging to spot. Check areas with less hair, such as the belly or inner thighs, for active fleas.
  • Restlessness and Irritability: Flea infestations can make pets uncomfortable and restless. If your pet seems unusually restless, constantly shifting positions, or displaying signs of irritability, it could be due to flea bites.
  • Pale Gums (in severe cases): Severe flea infestations can lead to blood loss and anaemia in pets. One indicator of anaemia is pale gums. If you notice that your pet’s gums appear paler than usual, it is recommended to seek veterinary attention promptly.

If you suspect that your pet has fleas, it’s important to take action promptly to prevent the infestation from worsening and to alleviate your pet’s discomfort. Consult with us for proper diagnosis, treatment options, and guidance on flea control and prevention. Please take note that some store-bought flea treatments for dogs may be deadly to cats, so it is important to contact us to be sure you’re giving your pet exactly what they need. Please feel free to bring your pet into our facility and we’ll gladly show you how to perform a flea check on your fur baby!

Tick Control

Tick control for pets is an essential part of their overall health care, as ticks can transmit diseases and cause discomfort. Here are some key points to consider for tick control:

  • Regular Tick Checks: After your pet spends time outdoors, especially in areas with tall grass, bushes, or wooded areas, thoroughly check their body for ticks. Pay close attention to areas such as the head, ears, neck, underarms, and between the toes. Remove any ticks promptly using tweezers or a tick removal tool.
  • Tick Preventive Products: Talk to us about tick preventive products suitable for your pet. There are various options available, including topical treatments, oral medications, and collars that repel or kill ticks. These products work by either repelling ticks or killing them upon contact.
  • Tick Habitat Management: Reduce the tick population in your yard by keeping the grass trimmed short, clearing away leaf litter, and minimising areas where ticks may thrive. Consider using tick control products or seeking professional pest control services for your outdoor space.
  • Avoid Tick-Infested Areas: When possible, avoid walking your pet in areas known to have a high tick population, such as heavily wooded areas or tall grassy fields. Stick to designated paths or open areas where ticks are less likely to be present.
  • Vaccination: In this region where tick-borne diseases are prevalent, we may recommend specific vaccines to protect your pet against these diseases. Consult with us to determine if vaccination is necessary for your pet.
  • Monitor for Symptoms: Even with preventive measures, it’s essential to monitor your pet for any signs of tick-borne diseases, such as lethargy, loss of appetite, joint stiffness, fever, or unusual skin lesions. If you notice any concerning symptoms, consult us promptly.

Remember, ticks can be active throughout the year, so it’s important to maintain consistent tick control measures for your pet’s well-being. By implementing these preventive steps and staying vigilant, you can help protect your pet from ticks and the potential diseases they carry. Please feel free to bring your pet into our facility and we’ll gladly show you how to perform a tick check on your fur baby!

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