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Fleas Prevention from Our Veterinarian in Leonardtown

Happy Dog from Preventing Fleas

Fleas impact the health of your pet by causing discomfort and biting an animal. In some situations, your pet may develop complications due to blood loss from the flea bites or allergies from the pests. By working with a veterinarian in our animal hospital and addressing the fleas, you reduce the risks to your pet's health and well-being.

Signs of Fleas in Your Pet

The first part of treating fleas is recognizing the signs of an infestation. Your pet may face exposure to fleas while playing outside or getting into contact with other animals. Pet owners can also bring home fleas when they engage with other animals or get exposed to the pests.

Common signs of fleas on your pet include:

  • Excessive scratching or biting at their skin
  • Flea dirt on your pet
  • Flea eggs on your pet or in the environment
  • Tapeworms
  • Pale gums
  • Hair loss
  • Scabs on your pet's skin
  • Allergic reactions

When you suspect fleas on your dog or cat, you want to address the underlying problem. By eliminating the pests, you prevent further complications with your pet's health.

Allergic Reactions to Fleas

Allergic reactions occur when fleas bite your dog or cat. When your pet shows signs of an allergic reaction, you want to seek immediate treatment for your pet at an animal hospital.

Signs of an allergic reaction to flea bites include:

  • Red bumps over your pet's skin, which may look similar to a rash
  • Hair loss, particularly over the belly, tail, legs and groin areas
  • Consistent itching
  • Swelling in certain cases

Allergies from flea bites are similar to symptoms of the fleas, but they may result in more complex concerns. Always seek attention from a veterinarian if you notice swelling from flea bites or severe allergic reactions in your pet.

Bathing Your Dog or Cat

A flea bath is a common way to eliminate fleas and their eggs on your dog or cat. When you bathe your pet, follow the instructions for the flea bath. You may need to shampoo more than one time to kill and eliminate the fleas on your pet. 

Do not ignore the surrounding environment. Fleas may infest your house as well as your pets. Use appropriate cleansers for your carpets, upholstered furniture or other items around the home that may have flea eggs or a flea infestation. It is particularly important when you have carpeted floors, since the pests may stay hidden in your carpets.

Ways a Veterinarian near Leonardtown Helps with Fleas

A veterinarian near Leonardtown helps with fleas by identifying the problem and providing appropriate treatments. When your pet has fleas, we may suggest different oral medications to eliminate the pests. We also help pet owners determine the appropriate ways to prevent future infestations with oral medications, spray on treatments or flea collars. Our recommendations depend on the risks to your pets and the possible complications of their treatment.

Contact Our Leonardtown Veterinarian for More Flea Prevention Information Today!

Fleas infest dogs and cats at different times of the year. When you notice signs of a flea infestation on your pet, you want to eliminate the pests and take measures to prevent future infestations. At our clinic, we give your pets the care they need to eliminate the pests. To learn more about our treatments for fleas or to set up an appointment, contact us at (301) 475-7808 today.