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SUMMERTIME AND PETS
Giving a home to your pet
also means giving a home to unwanted parasites. All pets experience
discomfort and stress from fleas and ticks. Infestations can cause
anemia and even death in very young or very old pets. With ticks,
many pets develop infections by scratching to free themselves from a feeding
tick. Flea infestations can cause allergic reactions and when
swallowed, can transmit tapeworms to your pet. But don't worry,
because we are here to help.
red-brown to gray, about 1/8" long and flat. Ticks become
bloated as they feed, fade to pale gray and can triple in
size. Ticks can lay eggs indoors.
Favorite tick hiding places on your pet are between toes, inside and
behind ear flaps, and under the tail. If your pet has a heavy
coat, comb the hair backwards and check the skin. To remove a
tick, grasp the tick with tweezers close to your pet's skin.
Pull upward firmly to assure removal of the entire tick and drop it into
rubbing alcohol. Apply antiseptic to the bite.
brownish-black and about 1/8" long. Immature fleas live
in grass and underbrush and in your carpet, upholstery, draperies, and
tiny cracks in the floor. Pets gather fleas by walking through
an infested grassy area, through contact with other animals or simply by
sleeping in an area where fleas are hiding. Fleas thrive in
warm humid weather. Look for flea dirt (dropping the parasites
leave behind) which looks like black pepper; the tiny white grains of
"salt" are flea eggs. You may also see areas
of inflammation or small red dots on your pet's skin. This
will indicate a particular sensitivity or allergy to flea bites on your
|WHAT TO DO
||Bring your pet to us at Quail
Roost. We will examine him for inflamed areas and open
sores. Never use flea-fighting products anywhere on your pet
if sores are present. They will only irritate and worsen
the condition. After examining the skin, we suggest a flea
bath and dip. Shampooing will kill parasites and soothe your pet's
|Take advantage of your pet being treat and
groomed by us as a time to treat your home. When choosing
products consider its contents as well as the best product type for your
Flea-fighting products are designed to kill parasites or
to repel them. Combining chemicals used on or around your pet
can be dangerous, only combine products of the same brand, line and
In your home vacuum thoroughly. Include
carpets, draperies and your pet's sleeping areas.
Put a flea collar inside the vacuum bag to kill the fleas you
vacuum. Treat your home with either a spray, powders, or
foggers used for indoor use. Remember - select
In your yard, water kills flea eggs and larvae, but not
adult fleas. Wet down shrugs, lawn, and your pet's
sleeping areas every two days, but don't leave puddles of standing water,
which will breed other insects.
||About easy flea prevention.
AdvantageŽ, Front LineŽ and ProgramŽ are a new line of flea and tick
products now available.
These products are safe. effective, and very easy to use
and offer monthly protection. Some of these products
are applied directly to your pet's skin, others are a flea control pill
that when given once a month can prevent fleas from reproducing and
re-infesting your pet, your home, and your yard.
With this information you can enjoy your
pet more and his release from the summertime blues. If you
have any questions, please call us at:
Quail Roost Animal Hospital