Flea and Tick Prevention and Treatment
Fleas and ticks transmit diseases to both pets and people. While you can get tick and flea treatment for your pet, the best way to treat these parasites is through prevention. Our mobile veterinarians offer the best advice and products to help prevent and treat fleas and ticks on your pets.
Why Flea and Tick Prevention Is Critical to Your Pet's Health
Fleas and ticks create serious health problems in pets. Flea bites cause pets to itch. However, some animals develop a serious allergic reaction called flea allergy dermatitis. This condition results in extreme scratching and chewing that can lead to open wounds that could get infected. In health-compromised pets, especially the very young and old, excessive blood loss from fleas can cause anemia and weakness.
Ticks also cause severe issues for both animals and their humans. Several types of diseases can result from tick bites, such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and ehrlichiosis.
Flea and tick prevention include several options to adapt to a variety of pet lifestyles. Common options include the following:
- Oral medications: A monthly pill that prevents flea and tick infestations.
- Topical drops: Drops are applied to your pet's neck or back every month to keep fleas and ticks from biting it.
- Collars: Flea and tick collars work best for pets that mostly stay inside.
- Shampoos: Some shampoos can prevent one or two parasites from turning into an infestation. Mostly, these shampoos kill live fleas on your pet.
How a Veterinarian Can Help Prevent and Treat Fleas and Ticks
Many preventative products require a veterinary prescription. If your pet has an infestation of fleas, discuss treatment options with a vet. Oral medications, topical drops, and shampoos are common treatment options that help kill adults, larvae, or eggs on your pet. Many flea treatment methods also serve as a prevention option that stops future infestations.
When you have a vet treat your pet for fleas, you should fumigate your home or have a professional exterminator get rid of the fleas inside. If you do not get the pests out of your home, they will re-infest your pet, causing additional problems.
Schedule a Visit for Veterinary Parasite Prevention
Let our veterinarian at MVS Pet Care in Las Vegas come to you. Contact us by phone, online, or use our mobile app to book an appointment. We can help treat your pet's fleas or ticks and offer you preventative medication that will keep these pests away. Trust us to bring high-quality veterinary care directly to your pet at home.