Fleas consume blood for nourishment and commonly target pets and their owners as a source of food. If left untreated, these insects can pose more serious risks to the health of your pet and your family. Your veterinarian in Scottsdale can help you identify, treat, and prevent flea problems to protect the health and comfort of your pet.
Identify and Act on the Problem
If your pet has encountered fleas, he may exhibit several symptoms, including excessive scratching or biting of the skin, red or hairless patches of skin, pale-colored gums, and the presence of small black or reddish-brown specks in your pet’s coat, which are comprised of excess blood excreted by adult fleas. As soon as you suspect your pet may have fleas, schedule a visit to your animal hospital for a full exam so you can begin treating the problem quickly.
Clean the Environment
Successful flea control hinges on not only treating the fleas affecting your pet, but also eliminating any fleas that may be present in your home as well. Vacuum your home thoroughly and wash any linens such as bedsheets, furniture covers, and drapes or window treatments in hot water. Continue treating your environment by vacuuming daily, and wash your pet’s bedding once a week. Other areas you should clean include your pet’s carrier, your vehicle’s upholstery, and any crates or other spaces where your pet may spend time frequently.
Use Flea Control Products
There are several pet-safe flea control products available to help you control fleas on your pet. Topical and spray insecticides are effective for small-scale flea problems; flea dips or shampoos may be required if your pet has a more severe flea infestation. If you aren’t sure which product to use or how often to use them, talk to your vet for personalized instructions.
At Horizon Animal Hospital, we are dedicated to the health and happiness of your pet. You can find out more about our animal health services, including preventive medicine, surgical treatment, and intensive care, when you visit our website or contact us by phone at (480) 800-4559.
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