Flea and Tick Prevention

Flea and Tick Prevention: How Animal Medical Center Keeps Your Pet Safe

a puppy, a kitten, and several baby ducksFleas and ticks can pose serious health risks to pets, making prevention crucial. At Animal Medical Center in Covington, Louisiana, we offer comprehensive flea and tick prevention strategies to keep your pets safe and healthy. Here’s how we help protect your pets from these harmful pests.

Understanding the Dangers of Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks can cause various health issues for your pets. Here’s why it’s important to protect them:


Fleas are small, blood-sucking insects that can infest both pets and homes. Some of the health issues they can cause include:

  • Flea Allergy Dermatitis: An allergic reaction to flea saliva that causes intense itching and inflammation.
  • Anemia: Severe flea infestations can lead to blood loss and anemia, particularly in small or young pets.
  • Tapeworm Transmission: Fleas can carry tapeworm larvae, which pets can ingest during grooming.


Ticks latch onto pets and humans, feeding on their blood and transmitting diseases. The health risks associated with ticks include:

  • Lyme Disease: A bacterial infection that causes joint pain, fever, and lethargy.
  • Ehrlichiosis: A tick-borne illness that can lead to fever, anemia, and bleeding disorders.
  • Anaplasmosis: Another bacterial infection causing fever, lethargy, and joint pain.
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever: An infection that can cause fever, headache, and muscle pain.

Comprehensive Flea and Tick Prevention at Animal Medical Center

At Animal Medical Center, we offer a comprehensive approach to flea and tick prevention.

Routine Flea and Tick Prevention

Year-round flea and tick prevention is essential to protect your pets. We offer a range of preventive products tailored to your pet’s needs, including:

  • Oral Medications: Effective and convenient medications that kill fleas and ticks from the inside out.
  • Topical Treatments: Applied directly to your pet’s skin to provide long-lasting protection.
  • Collars: Flea and tick collars that offer continuous protection.

Customized Prevention Plans

We understand that each pet is unique, so we customize prevention plans based on your pet’s age, lifestyle, and health status. Our veterinarians will work with you to choose the best preventive product for your pet.

How Animal Medical Center Develops Prevention Strategies

Our team carefully assesses each pet to develop the most effective flea and tick prevention plan.

Initial Consultation and Assessment

During the initial consultation, our veterinarians will conduct a thorough health assessment. We review your pet’s medical history, lifestyle, and any past issues with fleas or ticks. This helps us identify your pet’s risk level and choose the right prevention strategy.

Choosing the Right Prevention Product

We consider several factors when choosing the right preventive product for your pet, including:

  • Age and Weight: Ensuring the product is suitable for your pet’s age and size.
  • Allergies and Sensitivities: Avoiding ingredients that could trigger allergic reactions.
  • Lifestyle: Considering whether your pet is primarily indoors or spends significant time outdoors.

Owner Education

Our team educates pet owners on recognizing early signs of flea and tick infestations as part of our veterinary services. These signs include excessive scratching, hair loss, or visible pests. We also provide guidance on maintaining a clean environment to prevent infestations.

Managing Flea and Tick Infestations

If your pet already has fleas or ticks, we offer effective treatment options.

Flea Infestation Treatment

Treating a flea infestation involves:

  • Oral Medications: Fast-acting medications that kill fleas within hours.
  • Topical Treatments: Medicated shampoos or spot-on treatments that eliminate fleas.
  • Flea Baths: Soothing baths to remove fleas and provide relief for your pet’s skin.

It’s also crucial to treat the environment by washing bedding, vacuuming regularly, and using flea sprays or powders on carpets and furniture.

Tick Removal and Treatment

an illustration of a vet holding two puppiesIf your pet has ticks, our team will carefully remove them using safe methods. We may recommend additional diagnostic tests if a tick-borne disease is suspected. After removal, we prescribe tick preventives to protect your pet from future infestations.

Year-Round Approach to Flea and Tick Prevention

Importance of Continuous Protection

Fleas and ticks pose risks throughout the year, even in colder months. Continuous protection is essential to prevent infestations and reduce the risk of diseases.

Regular Veterinary Check-Ups

Regular check-ups help monitor your pet’s health and ensure they are responding well to their preventive plan. Our veterinarians conduct thorough examinations and recommend annual wellness exams to include flea and tick assessments.

Schedule a Check Up for Your Pet Today

Flea and tick prevention is crucial for your pet’s health and well-being. At Animal Medical Center, we provide comprehensive strategies to keep your pet safe year-round. Contact us today at (985) 893-1616 to schedule an appointment or visit our clinic at 904 S. Tyler St., Covington, LA 70433. We’re here to help your pet stay happy and healthy!