Flea and Tick Prevention
The Great Plains region has lots of wide-open spaces for your pets to roam safely. But even if you live in a rural area with virtually no traffic, your pets face certain dangers.
Exam Could Identify Pest Problems
If your pets are itching, scratching, and generally feeling miserable, fleas and ticks could be the problem. A veterinary exam can determine if pests are bothering your pets and initiate effective treatments to eliminate the pests and stop them from coming back.
Common Flea and Tick Treatments
If a pet exam shows an infestation of fleas or ticks on your pet, a thorough wash with shampoo will help to kill them and their eggs. Our veterinary staff may also administer a variety of medications that help to kill any fleas or ticks that try to feed on your pet. The medications can prevent a recurring infestation.
Potential Dangers Presented by Fleas and Ticks
Fleas and ticks feed on a variety of animals, including humans. They seldom live a full lifecycle on one host. So if your pet has fleas and ticks bothering them, a cross-transmission of a potentially deadly disease might occur. Ticks are especially troublesome because they transmit Lyme disease. West Nile virus is another especially dangerous disease and fleas and ticks might spread by biting one host and then your pets or even you. Just about any bloodborne pathogen could get passed from fleas and ticks to your pets and maybe your family.
Preventive Methods to Handle Fleas, Ticks, and Other Pests
The best way to handle a potential problem with fleas and ticks is to stop it from happening. Flea collars can provide an effective shield against infestations by causing pests to die if they dare to bite your pet. But more than 2,000 species of fleas and many varieties of ticks could be more problematic. Our veterinarian staff could administer medication to prevent infestation, keeping your pet safe from the diseases caused by fleas and ticks.