Flea and Tick FAQs
Your pet’s health and happiness are our priorities at Pet Medical Services. We enjoy getting to know our patients in Orem and their human families so we can better serve them with the most informed and helpful diagnosis possible. Visit our animal hospital for a pet exam by our caring veterinarians and get ahead of any health problems before they develop. Our wide range of veterinary services includes methods of handling fleas and ticks. These pests bring with them far too many health issues that can be avoided with the proper care. Our team has gathered a few frequently asked questions that we run into concerning the topic of fleas and ticks.
Q: How do I know if my cat or dog has fleas?
A: You may notice your pet is scratching excessively and chewing at its fur. Even if you don’t observe this, part your pet’s fur to check the skin. Fleas leave behind tiny black specks that look like dirt, but this is actually dried blood left behind from their meals. Check your pet’s bedding and any areas they like to lounge for dark flecks as well.
Q: How quickly do fleas reproduce?
A: Most of the reason that flea infestations are so difficult to handle is their short life cycle and the impressive number of eggs they lay. Eggs hatch in 2-14 days depending on the weather and other conditions. They can complete the larvae and cocoon stages in around 9-25 days. The cocoon opens once a host is detected and they usually lay their eggs very soon after their first meal. They can lay around 20 eggs at a time, each time, whenever they draw blood from a host.
Q: What steps should I take if my home is infested with fleas?
A: Keep in mind that this problem is solvable. Visit our animal hospital to get recommendations from our veterinarians about flea medication you can apply monthly to keep your pet safe from being inundated by flea bites. Vacuum and sweep your floors daily until the infestation is under control, and be sure to seal and dispose of your vacuum bags immediately.
Q: How can I safely remove ticks from my pet?
A: Check with our vet about specialized tick removal hooks which can make the process easier. Until then, use tweezers with very small points and grasp the tick as close to the entry point in the skin as possible. Pull the entire tick out in one piece by pulling slowly and with even pressure straight out from the skin. Clean the area thoroughly afterward.
Get Flea and Tick Treatment in Orem, UT
If you suspect fleas and ticks are affecting your furry friends or you are interested in pest prevention, call our team at Pet Medical Services today at (385) 375-2000 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hansen or Dr. Bockenstedt.