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Posted on 06-21-2013

Flea and Tick Prevention Tips

flea and tick prevention berkeleyFleas and ticks can make your pet itch and bite, spread diseases or cause your pet to have an allergic reaction. Flea and tick prevention is often the best course of action to protect your pet from the dangers the bugs can bring. At University Veterinary Hospital in Berkeley our veterinary team can recommend the best preventative measures for you and your pet.

Berkeley Veterinarians Prescribe Preventatives

Our team at University Veterinary Hospital in Berkeley typically recommends prescription preventatives to protect your pet from fleas and ticks. While you can find flea collars and other medications designed to protect your pet from pests over-the-counter, prescription products, such as a monthly application of a topical product or a monthly pill, can kill fleas in either the adult or larval stage.

Fleas are known for their ability to jump from pet to pet or from pet to human. One way to keep fleas off of your pet and off of you is to be extra diligent about keeping the inside of your home clean.

If you have carpet, vacuum it regularly to suck up any fleas that might be living there. Also vacuum any upholstery your pet goes on and his cat or dog bed, daily if necessary. Empty the vacuum canister right away or discard the vacuum bag so that the fleas do not have the chance to climb out.

Fleas and ticks also live outside. Ticks typically live on vegetation and will lie in wait until a pet or person brushes up against them. Clean up your outdoor area so that the pests have nowhere to live. Mow the grass regularly and keep it short. Rake up and discard any leaf litter and keep any garden plants well pruned. If you use a pesticide to kill fleas and ticks in the yard, follow the directions for use exactly and let it dry before you let your pet play outside again.

What have you done to keep your pet flea and tick free?

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