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Flea & Tick Prevention
As an after-hours pet emergency veterinarian in Studio City, Los Angeles, Animal Emergency Centre truly cares about the comfort and safety of our furry friends. That’s why we’re happy to suggest a range of effective flea and tick treatment and prevention options for your best friend. An infestation will not only cause your pet a great deal of stress and suffering, but it is can also lead to some life-threatening conditions that many pet owners are unaware of.
Fleas and ticks aren’t just a nuisance, they can pose a serious health problem for your pets as they are carriers for many diseases like tularemia, Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. These various conditions are serious and may require a trip to our Studio City emergency veterinarian here at Animal Emergency Centre.
The best “cure” is to never have to deal with the problem in the first place. Try to keep your pet out of woods, tall grass or overgrown vegetation. Keep your own property similarly well-trimmed and uninviting to critters.
Follow-up every walk with a careful visual inspection. We suggest running a grooming comb through your pet’s fur. Look for tiny black spots of, um, flea doo-doo. You might even be “lucky” enough to find objects in motion. Kill the little nasties immediately if you do find anything that moves.
Furthermore, study your pet’s appearance and behavior. Obviously, frequent scratching is a red flag. Another is missing fur and skin that’s red and irritated-looking from all of that scratching.
Choose from an array of generally easy to use and reliable sprays, medicated shampoos and spot-on products found at your favorite pet supply source or from your veterinary professional. Some of these spot-on products can be applied on a monthly basis to your pet’s back to minimize the risk of infestation. Brands in this category include Frontline Plus and K9 Advantix.
Another approach is an oral medication that offers full-body support rather than spottier topical coverage. And spray-on products such as Frontline Spray can be used to fight back when prevention turns to tick and flea treatment.
All of these are serious products, which means you must read the label directions carefully. Some are meant for only dogs or only cats. Others might be too strong for smaller pets or inappropriate for older or very young animals.
Because of the potential risks, you should first consult your veterinary professional before deciding on a course of action. Call Animal Emergency Centre at (818) 760-3882 to speak with one of our emergency veterinarians in Studio City, Los Angeles. We’ll be happy to answer your questions, ask a few of our own and recommend an approach that will keep your four-legged friend critter-free, safe and comfortable.