Fleas and ticks are a much more common problem than many pet owners recognize. Our staff at Broadway Veterinary Hospital in Sacramento is here to help you with 5 tips on how to handle fleas and ticks.
Prevention Before Pet Hospital or Veterinarian
Before you take your pet into a veterinary clinic or hospital, you can do some simple things inside and outside the house to prevent flea and tick bites. The best way to prevent bites is to use two forms of prevention. Since not one prevention is 100% foolproof, using two gives your pet better odds.
Fleas and Ticks Can Live Indoors
Fleas and ticks love to come inside homes in Sacramento. Before you take your pet to the veterinarian, you can prevent fleas and ticks from living indoors. These pests love to live in messy homes. Keeping a clean home is recommended by veterinary experts to keep these pests out.
They can Make Your Pets Sick
Hospital visits for flea and tick bites are not unusual. This is especially true if you have kittens, puppies, or senior pets. For animals with existing conditions, the blood drained by fleas can be a serious issue. Not only that, but these pests carry diseases that can affect even healthy pets.
They can Also Make People Sick
Fleas and ticks do more than just annoy and harm your animal. Sacramento hospital visits are more common for these bites than you might think, and humans can be harmed by these bites as well. Ticks carry diseases that are harmful to humans and can jump from our pets to us.
How to Prevent Fleas and Ticks
Luckily, there are a few things you can do.
Inspect pets, children, and yourself for ticks after being outdoors.
Look out for the telltale sign of fleas, when your pet persistently scratches or gnaws at a hard to reach spot on their body, like the tip of a tail.
Make sure to wash clothes and blankets that fleas and ticks could hide out in.
GET HELP FOR FLEA AND TICK PROBLEMS
At Broadway Veterinary Hospital, we have the expertise needed to prevent flea and tick bites. We want to make sure your pet and your family are pest-free. Give us a call or stop into our Sacramento location today!