Encino Veterinary Clinic offers a variety of products that control and eliminate parasitism on your pet. In addition to the topical treatments, we also offer oral treatment for flea control which doesn’t wash off and doesn’t come off on human skin. Fleas and ticks can make your pet miserable and may transmit several dangerous diseases. We can help you make the right decision as to which product is best for your pet and your family.
Here’s How To Check For Fleas:
- Have your pet stand over a white countertop, bed sheet or piece of paper.
- Using a flea comb, comb your pet from head to tail and examine the fur and exposed skin as you work. Pay particular attention to the back of the neck, the base of the tail and the insides of the legs and armpits. These are favorite hiding spots for fleas.
- Examine the flea comb. Look for evidence of fleas. This may include jumping fleas themselves or flea poop and eggs, which look like salt and pepper.
- Shake the dirt from the comb and her fur onto the white sheet so you can see the black specks. To distinguish normal dirt from flea feces, sprinkle a little water over the specks. If it’s flea dirt, the black specks will turn reddish-brown. That’s because it is actually flea droppings, which is digested blood.
- Look for small, irritated red spots on the skin that can indicate bites. These can occur anywhere but are most common in warmer areas of the body.
- Scratching can be a sign there are fleas on your pet. However, itching and scratching alone is NOT a sign and may indicate other conditions that need your attention.
If you find fleas, don’t hesitate to call us.
Here’s How To Check For Ticks
- Check your pet before you go inside, or just inside the door, to lower the chance of a tick coming into your home.
- Comb through your pet’s fur with your fingers. Press gently so you can feel any bumps on the skin. Ticks can be as small as a pinhead or as big as a grape. Be sure to check your pet’s feet (including between the toes), inside the ears, and around the face and neck.
- If you find a bump, part your pet’s fur so you can see the skin. Look for a black, brown, or grayish-brown bug. You might only see the tick’s body, or you might see its legs, too.
If you find ticks, don’t hesitate to call us.