Parasite Prevention for Cats in Louisville
We at Doerr Animal Clinic in Louisville are dedicated to the health and well-being of your cat. While we are fully equipped to provide care in emergency situations and in situations that may pertain solely to your cat, we know that annual check-ups and prevention are the best practices. A very basic and very necessary precaution is parasite prevention.
Fleas and Ticks
The cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis, is extremely common and determined, and cats fall victim to them in houses and yards. Ticks are not nearly as numerous, but they are still harmful. They should be carefully removed intact. Both of these pesky parasites suck blood from your pet and leave them vulnerable to disease and harmful conditions that can also affect human health. Once fleas are present on your pet, they can quickly infest your home in less than a week. Kittens are even more vulnerable to their attack because anemia comes into play for them.
Flea and Tick Season for Cats
Fleas and ticks thrive in warm and moist environments and will be prevalent in Louisville during the spring and summer months. Most cat owners find that a routine is the easiest way to accomplish regular checks and early detection.
Combing and parting the fur provides a much better idea of what is going on under the coat. Ticks are much easier to spot because they are bigger than fleas and tend to be less active. If lumps under the fur are not visible, then combing the fur will bring them to the surface. With fleas, you will find black flea dirt, white eggs, and adult fleas.
Along with regular grooming, treating the areas of the home most frequented by your pets and treating your pets goes a long way in keeping these parasites at bay. Consultation with a veterinarian will help to determine whether you should use oral or topical medication to keep your cat free of bugs.
Make Doerr Animal Hospital in Louisville your partner in parasite prevention for cats.