Our Jacksonville Veterinarian Answers Fleas & Ticks FAQ’s
At Animal Hospital of Onslow County, we provide comprehensive flea and tick treatment in Jacksonville NC. To help you select the right flea and tick treatment for your furry friend, we have put together this comprehensive FAQ.
Why should I treat my pet for fleas and ticks?
Fleas can bother you and your family members with itchy bites, being a nuisance. For your pets, fleas can cause a lot of harm. Pups and kitties may become anemic from flea bites, and older pets can develop rashes, skin irritations, and dermatitis. Ticks can transmit diseases to humans and pets. Our Jacksonville vet recommends flea and tick prevention for all dogs and cats because of the danger of ticks and the difficulty of getting rid of fleas in the home.
What flea and tick prevention do you offer in Jacksonville?
We carry a wide range of vet recommended flea and tick controls. These include flea collars, oral flea and tick medication, and topical flea and tick medication. Due to the climate in Jacksonville, we recommend that you treat your pets for fleas and ticks year round. If you discontinue using the products during the winter, your pet could become infested.
Our Jacksonville veterinarian can describe the products we carry and help you select the best choice product for your pet. If you have both cats and dogs, you will need different products for each. Dog flea products may harm cat health. We also have flea and tick treatment shampoos and other products, which can help you if your pet contracts fleas or ticks.
What are signs my pet has fleas?
Since fleas make your pet itchy, they may scratch or try to rub their fur on furniture or carpets. Skin may appear red, scratched, or scabby, and they may lose clumps of fur. You may also notice flea eggs, which resemble poppy seeds, on your pet's fur or around the home. If you notice these signs, provide flea treatment and sanitize the home.
What are signs my pet has ticks?
If a tick has latched on to your pet, it will grow. You may feel a small hard bump, or visually see the tick. Ticks may causes health problems in pets that come with additional symptoms, including lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhea.
How can you help me if my pet has fleas or ticks?
If your pet has a tick, we can counsel you on how to remove it, or our vet can remove the tick for you. After a tick bite, we can check your cat or dog for symptoms of tick-borne diseases.
For fleas, we can provide medicated flea treatment products to relieve the symptoms of flea infestation in pets. Our Jacksonville vet can also provide practical advice to help you kill flea eggs, breaking the cycle.
After learning more about flea and tick medication, do you have any questions for us? If so, do not hesitate to contact us. Reach out online or call our Jacksonville veterinarian today at (910) 353-1722.