Dog Fleas and Ticks
Living on the West Coast, fleas and ticks are a year-round problem for our pets. Dogs that hike through the bushes often pick up fleas and ticks regularly. Fleas may transmit tapeworms and ticks can be a carrier of Lyme disease. It is best to treat to prevent rather than trying to get rid of these issues once they occur.
How can I tell if my dog has fleas or ticks?
Excessive scratching or licking is the most common sign that a dog has fleas. However, a flea comb is the best way to see if a dog has fleas. You may also notice black flecks in the hair or on their bedding; this is the waste from the fleas. Ticks are most often found when petting your dog.
How can I prevent fleas and ticks on my dog?
Both topical and oral treatments exist for dogs. Regular treatment to prevent fleas is much easier than trying to get rid of them once an outbreak occurs. Ask your vet to recommend a flea treatment that will be safe and effective for your dog.
What are the treatment options for dogs who have ticks?
There are many options when it comes to flea and tick treatment. Be sure to ask your vet what product best suits your dog’s needs.