Pet owners throughout America must monitor their pets for fleas and ticks. Flea and tick prevention remains a significant challenge in Eaton and other areas of north-central Colorado, especially from April through November. Flea infestations pose problems for our companion animals whenever they go outdoors. The Rocky Mountain wood tick is active in Colorado from the spring into the early months of summer. Other tick species dominate the landscape when the wood tick becomes dormant later in the summer. As you take your pets on outdoor walks or traveling adventures, the team at the Eaton Animal Den reminds you of these important steps to protect your furry companions.
Identifying Fleas and Ticks
Fleas feed on the blood of host animals. These wingless insects may live as long as a year and have the ability to jump nearly two feet from the ground. You may find evidence of fleas on your pet's coat when you notice hair loss, or if you see your pet regularly licking, biting, chewing, or scratching irritated skin.
Ticks grow in size as they consume blood from the host animal. They often attach themselves to the feet, ears, neck, and head of pets. Ticks can transfer from people or pets that go outdoors to other pets who live exclusively indoors. Carefully inspect your pet whenever it returns inside, allowing your hands to run across vulnerable areas.
Best Steps for Flea and Tick Prevention
If you believe your pet has fleas, contact our veterinarian in Eaton, CO. If we confirm your suspicions, we will develop a flea removal and treatment plan tailored to your cat or dog. In addition, you will need to thoroughly clean areas inside and around your house that may attract fleas. These include interior rugs, upholstery, and bedding areas, as well as lawns and areas where your pet may roam.
The presence of ticks also requires immediate attention. Tick infections may lead to anemia, blood loss, and Lyme Disease. Remove the tick while wearing rubber or latex gloves, using a pair of tweezers to dislodge the parasite. Place the tick in a small sealed jar in case your pet has any complications, so the veterinarian can evaluate the tick and affected areas of your pet's skin, if necessary.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian in Eaton, CO
Contact Eaton Animal Den if you have any questions or concerns about the best methods for flea and tick prevention. We work in partnership with you to ensure the health and well-being of your pets. Call us today at (970) 454-1700 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.