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Fleas and Ticks FAQ

Fleas and ticks are a common problem for pets. Knowing where fleas and ticks come from, how to prevent this problem and how to recognize the symptoms of an infestation is an important part of pet ownership.

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How do pets get fleas?

Pets can get fleas by interacting with infected animals, by touching infected upholstery or carpeting, and by walking through lawn debris where fleas live.

How can you tell if your pet has fleas?

Fleas are very hard to see, so you may not notice the fleas on your pet’s body. However, if your pet has fleas, you may notice your pet scratching obsessively (especially in the ears or around the rump), licking parts of the body and shaking his or her head. Your pet may also develop physical signs like hot spots, redness, blood, hair loss and scabs.

How do pets get ticks?

Pets can get ticks by walking outdoors debris where ticks live. Ticks can be found hiding in long grass, piles of leaves and in other organic debris.

How can you tell if your pet has ticks?

A pet with a tick may scratch the area where the tick is located. Pet owners can feel ticks on their pet's skin. Ticks are hard and about the size of a pea.

How can you prevent your pet from getting fleas and ticks?

The best way to prevent your pet from getting fleas and ticks is to:

  • Use flea and tick preventatives recommended by your pet’s veterinarian.
  • Keep your pet away from unfamiliar animals.
  • Clean your home thoroughly after ridding your pet of a flea infestation. To do this, clean linens in hot water and use flea powder to kill fleas in carpet and upholstery.
  • Keep your yard well-tended, removing all organic debris and trimming your grass on a regular basis.

If your pet has fleas, what should you do?

You can rid your pet of fleas by purchasing a proven flea and tick preventative that we sell in the hospital. If you’re not comfortable doing this yourself, you can take your pet to a professional grooming service.

If your pet has a tick, what should you do?

Use tweezers to pull the tick up. Pull gently but firmly. Do not allow the tick’s head to lodge in your pet’s body. If you’re not comfortable doing this yourself, your pet’s veterinarian in Decatur can do this for you.

Can fleas and ticks spread disease?

Yes, fleas and ticks can spread disease. Fleas are carriers of illnesses like plague and typhus. Ticks can spread illnesses like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. To find out more information about protecting your pet from fleas and ticks, contact your pet’s vet in Decatur at Fairview Hospital for Animals. Call us today at 217-428-7709 to make an appointment.

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I visit Fairview Animal Hospital at least once a week for a few of my fur-babies to receive laser therapy and the ENTIRE staff always shows genuine concern for my babies as well as me. They are always completely honest in the care they believe my pets need and only suggest treatments that they firmly believe would help my babies comfort. I have six dogs and two cats who all have their own issues and they know them all by name, know what their problems are and cater to their individual needs. The best part of this staff, is that every single one of my babies thoroughly enjoys their visits which is most important to me.

Angela McIntire
Decatur, IL

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