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Fleas and Ticks: The Importance of Prevention

Fleas and ticks can be a year-round nuisance here in Oregon! However, your pets are much more likely to encounter fleas and ticks in the spring and summer, as these critters thrive in warmer weather. Don’t overlook the problems these pests cause: fleas can trigger dermatitis and hot spots, and one tick bite can transmit numerous dangerous diseases. 

Ticks can be numerous in popular hiking areas, especially in the Columbia Gorge. Not a hiker? We have had reports of our clients finding ticks on their dogs even while out walking around their own neighborhood! Ticks can be challenging to remove, as you always want to ensure you remove the head. We can always remove them here at the clinic if you do find one catching a meal on your dog or cat. 

During the warmer months, you should thoroughly check your pets for fleas and ticks on a daily basis. This can be done while you are playing with your best friend or grooming them, and should always be done after going out on a walk in forested areas. Although fleas and ticks can be anywhere on your pet’s body, they prefer posting up near the head, ears, neck and paws. You can spot evidence of fleas if you notice little black specks that resemble pepper or bits of dirt. This is known as “flea dirt”. Fleas can also cause tapeworms when ingested by your pet. 

Preventative medications are the best way to keep fleas and ticks away from your pets. At Bethany Family Pet Clinic, we offer a variety of products for dogs and cats, which will help rid your pet of these nuisances. We offer both topical and oral preventive measures. If you’re not sure which medications are right for your pets or would like to discuss a proper course of action, call us at 503-614-9061