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Posted on 02-12-2018
Flea and tick problems are most common in the spring and summer months, but it's never too early to think prevention. Flea and tick infestations make life miserable for you and your pets. Prevention involves not only treating your pet but also taking preventative measures in your home and on your property.
There are two basic types of flea and tick control. Products that treat existing problems, and products that prevent them from happening in the first place. The latter is typically oral or topical medications. These can be purchased at pet supply stores or prescribed by your veterinarian. They repel and kill any fleas or ticks and keep them from laying eggs.
There are also shampoos, dips, sprays, and powders. They are often used after fleas have been discovered, and help kill fleas and their larvae.
Ideally, you want to prevent flea and tick problems from happening. Talk to our veterinarians about the best options for your pet. Oral and topical flea and tick control aren't right for all pets. If your pet is to young or has health problems, you may need to choose a different form of treatment. It's always best to set up a veterinary appointment first.
Be sure to not let other animals around your pet, and be sure to keep the grass mowed in your yard. Ticks are often found in brush and tall grass. Examine your pet for signs of fleas and ticks on a regular basis. At the first sign of these pests, take action before the problem gets worse.
If you are in the Alexandria area and are looking for a veterinary hospital, contact Fort Hunt Animal Hospital to make an appointment.
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I have been using Ft. Hunt Animal Hospital for about 30 years and have always found the doctors and staff to be very caring. I appreciate the time spent explaining specific findings and answering questions. I never feel rushed.