With the emerging of warmer temperatures, comes the possibility of your cat or dog contracting an external parasite problem. If your pet requires flea treatment or tick prevention measures, contact Cats & Dogs Animal Hospital in Long Beach to meet with our team for veterinary care. Read on to learn the signs of a flea or tick problem, how to avoid one and what to do if your pet has one.

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The Signs Of Fleas Or Ticks

Most people will see fleas or ticks on their pet’s fur when it is parted so the skin is exposed. Make it a priority to check your pet’s fur frequently so treatment can be obtained promptly if parasites are indeed troublesome. You may notice that your pet scratches or bites at their skin more frequently than they had in the past if they have parasites present upon their body. Keep a flea comb and tweezers in a handy location, so you can remove any parasites found upon your pet right away.

How To Avoid A Parasite Problem

It is best to treat your pet throughout the warmer months of the year so that they do not contract fleas or ticks. In addition to medical treatment, you can protect your household by doing frequent cleaning of your carpeting and floors to remove any parasites that may be harbored in fibers or cracks. Launder your pet’s bedding in very hot water on a weekly basis to help minimize the possibility of a flea or tick infestation. Treating your property can also help to keep these parasites from taking up residence in areas where your pet may frequent.

What Our Veterinarians Will Do To Help

If you suspect your pet is suffering from a parasite problem, making an appointment with our veterinary team will ensure proper treatment is obtained as quickly as possible. Our veterinarian will first check over your pet’s fur for the presence of fleas or ticks. If they are noticed, treatment in the form of medication will be needed to kill them in their entirety. Some pets are allergic to flea bites. If your pet has several raised bumps on their skin, our veterinarians may need to prescribe additional medication to alleviate symptoms. It is important to continue with flea control and tick prevention medication each month to keep pests from returning to your pet’s body. Medication is either topical or in the form of a flea collar.

Schedule an Appointment Today!

If your pet is suffering from fleas or ticks, contact Cats & Dogs Animal Hospital in Long Beach to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian. Call our practice today at to find out more about the services we provide.