Is Your Pet Flea and Tick Free?

Spring has sprung early this year, and so has flea and tick season! Is your pet protected?

Fleas and ticks are more than an itchy annoyance. In fact, each year ticks transmit serious illnesses, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Fleas are the top allergen that affects dogs, which leads to painful itching and scratching. This continual itching and biting at the skin leaves it moist and susceptible to bacterial infection, which can cause painful secondary infections requiring pet meds to treat.

Flea and Tick Prevention from Our Veterinary Clinic

Our South Shore pet vet recommends medicated flea and tick prevention to keep your pets healthy all summer long. Once-a-month medicated topical prevention is the best way to keep your pet flea and tick free. If your pet does have ticks or fleas, this medication will kill all fleas and ticks on your pet.

In addition to keeping your pet tick and flea free, it’s also important to keep these pests out of your home. This is especially important of your pet spends significant time playing outside, or you take your pet hiking or swimming in the woods. Our Quincy veterinarians recommend that you check your pet for ticks before you let your pet into your home. Have you pet stand on a white towel and run a fine toothcomb through your pet’s fur. Any fleas that are attached to your pet will fall off onto the white towel. If a tick has already embedded itself into your pet’s skin, you will need to remove the tick using a sterilized needle or tweezers.

If your pet has fleas or ticks, in addition to medicated treatment, it is essential to wash all towels and sheets on a high temperature setting. Regularly vacuum your carpets to help remove these unwanted pests and their eggs.

Quincy, Milton and Dorchester offer wonderful out door, off-leash activities for your pet. Enjoy these safely with medicated tick and flea prevention. Our veterinary clinic offers many preventatives that are safe even for young pets. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have about pet medspet vaccinations or other South Shore preventive pet services.

What outdoor activities will you be enjoying with your pet?

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