Ticks and fleas are more than just annoying little parasites. They can cause health problems for your furry friends. Here at Cats and Dogs Animal Hospital in Long Beach, we can help prevent fleas and ticks from harming your pet with parasite prevention tips and medication. Below is some information about protecting your pet from these two common external parasites.

Treat for Ticks and Fleas All Year

While ticks and fleas are more common in the summer months, they can survive indoors during the winter months as well, so it’s necessary to treat them year-round. There are plenty of products to choose from, so be sure to check with your vet to find the best one to meet the needs of your pet. Make sure you read the instructions carefully to make sure it will protect your pet.

Don’t Use Old Parasite Prevention Products

If you have been hanging onto old products, then it’s time to visit your veterinarian for something new. Old products lose their effectiveness over time. Checking with your vet about brand new parasite prevention products may also help you find something that works better than what you were using.

Don’t Use Canine Products on Cats

Some products that are formulated for canines can have an ingredient that is toxic to cats. The product label will show which species it’s formulated to treat.

Clean Up the Yard

It’s important to keep a well-maintained house and yard to prevent fleas and ticks latching onto your pet. Mow the lawn regularly since ticks like high grasses. Fleas like moist, warm, shady areas, so raking leaves, grass clippings, and brush from the yard can give fleas fewer places to breed and hide.

Groom Your Pet Regularly

Grooming can be a good way to spend some quality time with your pet and help you keep an eye out for any parasites that could be hiding in his or her coat.

Schedule Regular Checkups with Your Veterinarian

Our veterinarian in Long Beach at Cats and Dogs Animal Hospital can examine your pet for signs of a problem during his or her vet visit. If you have any questions about what products will work best for your animal, or if you want to schedule an appointment, call us at 562-439-4228.

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