Fleas bother pets more than all other pests combined during the summer months. Fleas thrive in humid climates with mild to warm temperatures, making North Texas a hotbed for these blood-sucking insects. Fortunately, veterinarian-approved remedies and preventatives exist to keep the irritation that fleas cause you and your pet to a minimum.
Severe itching and palpable stress are signs that your pet is being bothered by fleas. Other symptoms include hives, a bumpy red rash that turns white when pressed, and swelling. To inquire about the specifics of these symptoms, get in touch with a vet or other animal care professional from your local veterinary clinic.
Checking for Fleas:
Do you suspect that your cat or dog is host to unwanted fleas? If you do, you can perform a simple at-home check to look for them. Lay a white sheet or other light-colored material underneath your dog or cat, and use a fine-toothed comb to brush through your pet’s hair. If your pet is being bothered by fleas, the contrast between the fleas’ color and the white sheet will help you identify any fleas that you comb out of your pet’s fur.
Fleas can be eradicated from your pet’s fur and your home using a variety of methods. Prescription medications that prevent flea eggs from hatching in your pet’s skin can be helpful, and a thorough home cleaning can keep fleas from hanging out in your furniture or linens. Meet with your pet’s veterinarian to determine what solution will be best for your dog or cat.
If your pet’s scratching leads to bleeding and scarring, and you can tell that your dog or cat is in a great deal of pain, take your pet to your local animal hospital. A caring and experienced veterinarian will know how to best mitigate your pet’s irritation and rid your pet of fleas. At Gully Animal Hospital in Arlington, our veterinary staff can design a flea control program specifically suited to your pet’s case. Call (817) 756-6733 to speak to a member of our team today!