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Posted on 09-01-2017

Fleas and Ticks From Your Sarasota and Parrish Veterinarian

flea and tick prevention

Our veterinarian in Sarasota and Parrish knows that fleas and ticks are a common problem for pets and pet owners living in the area. There are more than 2,200 species of fleas in the world and about 850 types of ticks. While only a few types of fleas and ticks can cause disease in pets, the health problems these pests pose can be serious.

Fleas can enter your neighborhood by hitching a ride on a stray dog or cat, a neighboring pet, or a wild animal, such as a raccoon or opossum. The female fleas lay eggs on the animal. As the host animal moves through your neighborhood, the eggs fall off, develop into adults and then jump onto your pet.

Your dog or cat may contact ticks while walking through the woods or high grass, or by brushing against bushes, where ticks like to hang out. The tick dislodges from the vegetation and jumps onto your pet.

Common Signs of Fleas and Ticks

Common signs of fleas include:

  • Flea droppings or “flea dirt,” which looks like small, dark grains of sand in the animal’s coat
  • Flea eggs, which look like tiny, white grains
  • Itchy, irritated skin
  • Excessive scratching
  • Licking or biting at skin
  • Hair loss
  • Scabs and hot spots
  • Pale gums
  • Tapeworms

Tick infestations can cause serious illnesses, such as Lyme disease. Signs of these illnesses may include:

  • Fever
  • Skin irritation or infection
  • Swelling of lymph nodes
  • Appetite loss

Flea and tick prevention tips for your dog or cat

  • Treat your pet, even if you do not see signs of fleas or ticks
  • Check your pet for evidence of fleas and ticks
  • Consult with our vet for more flea and tick prevention tips

Our veterinarian in Sarasota and Parrish provides flea treatment and tick treatment to keep your pet safe. These treatments include oral flea and tick medications, flea and tick sprays, K9 Advantix, Frontline Plus, and other spot-on treatments for monthly use.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Sarasota and Parrish Veterinarian

If your pet needs flea treatment or tick treatment, or if your animal companion needs other veterinary services, make an appointment with Dr. Nina's Animal Hospital. Schedule your appointment with our veterinarian in Sarasota and Parrish today by calling (941) 366-1222.

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