Flea and Tick Treatment and Prevention in Toronto
During the spring and summer, you want to spend as much time as you can outdoors with your furry friend. However, the warm weather also brings with it the risk of fleas, ticks and other parasites. Fortunately, at Bellamy-Lawrence Animal Hospital, we offer a variety of preventative flea and tick treatments, so you and your pet can play in the sun carefree. Contact us today to find out more about our products.
HOW FLEAS HURT YOUR PET?
Fleas are small biting insects that can transmit serious diseases to you and your pet. Additionally, flea bites can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions.
In Ontario, prime flea season usually starts in late August and extends until late October. Fleas love moist, warm and shady environments. Therefore, we recommend raking away debris like leaves, straw and grass clippings in your yard to eliminate flea habitats.
Moreover, you should regularly monitor your pet's fur for fleas and check their skin for irritations, bite marks or eggs. Additionally, if you notice your pet scratching more than usual, pulling out their fur or nipping at their hind legs, it could be a sign they have fleas.
MORE DANGEROUS THAN FLEAS: TICKS
Ticks carry and transmit life-threatening diseases like Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis and anaplasmosis (yellow fever).
Ticks are most active during spring and summer but are prevalent across Canada at any time of the year when the temperature is above freezing.
Furthermore, ticks prefer wooded areas with plenty of trees, shrubs, bushes and tall grass. Therefore, we recommend mowing your yard frequently and getting rid of debris from around your home to keep ticks at bay.
Lastly, check your pet for ticks often, especially after spending time outdoors. Inspect hard-to-reach areas like between their toes, in their earflaps and around their tail. If you notice a tick on your pet, wear gloves and use tweezers to carefully detach it by pulling straight up to ensure you remove the entire head.
PREVENTATIVE TREATMENT FOR CATS AND DOGS
When it comes to ticks, fleas and the diseases they carry, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Bellamy-Lawrence Animal Hospital offers several products that protect your pet, including chews, pills, drops, and sprays. Additionally, keeping your pet healthy and active will help reduce the risk of parasites. Schedule annual check-ups with a veterinarian to ensure their immune system is strong.
FLEA AND TICK TREATMENT FOR YOUR PET IN TORONTO
At Bellamy-Lawrence Animal Hospital, we offer a variety of preventative flea and tick treatments to ensure your pet lives a long and healthy life. You can purchase a flea or tick treatment by visiting us in person at our clinic in the Greater Toronto Area. Contact us today to learn more.