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Flea FAQs

Flea infestations can make life miserable for your pet. With help from your veterinarian in Overland Park, you can protect your feline or canine companion from getting fleas and ticks. These FAQs from Nall Hills Animal Hospital explain more about the dangers of flea infestations and what you can do to prevent them.

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Where do fleas come from?

Fleas thrive in warm, humid weather and often gather in tall grass, around gardens, under shrubs, and in wooded areas. They can be passed on from one animal to another or travel on your clothes. Fleas can be a problem in areas with a temperate climate year-round, making it essential to be on the lookout for this problem for your pet.

What are the signs that my pet may have fleas?

Itchiness is one of the most common symptoms of fleas. You may notice your pet scratching or biting his fur more frequently than normal. You may even notice fleas scurrying through your pet’s fur as you brush or comb his hair. If your pet is allergic to flea bites, he may develop sores or red patches on his skin. As your pet scratches these sores, they can become infected.

What health problems can fleas cause?

In addition to skin infections, fleas can transmit Lyme disease, cat scratch disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, tapeworms and other dangers to your pet. Flea infestations should be treated immediately to protect your pet's health.

How can I treat a flea infestation on my pet?

If you suspect your pet may be suffering from fleas, contact our veterinarian in Overland Park to schedule a checkup. We’ll inspect your pet and verify that he does indeed have a problem with fleas. There are numerous over-the-counter products to treat fleas, some of which are more effective than others. Our veterinarian can help you choose the best product for your pet by taking into consideration his overall health, breed, and lifestyle. We can also prescribe parasite control and treatment products that best suit your pet’s needs.

What types of products are used to treat fleas and ticks?

Flea treatments range from oral medications to creams and ointments that are applied directly onto your pet’s skin. After determining your pet’s condition, we can recommend products that will be effective in treating your feline or canine companion. We’ll also put your pet on a flea prevention program to provide him with the year-round protection he needs.

See Our Veterinarian in Overland Park for Flea Prevention

To schedule an appointment for flea diagnosis and treatment or to learn more about our year-round parasite control program for flea and tick protection, contact Nall Hills Animal Hospital at 913-341-8836.