Wednesday 17 June 2009

Check for fleas and ticks

At this time we return to speak with Dott.ssa Monica Scannicchio, the kind vet.
Dott.ssa, it's springtime. Can you please advise us on what we should do for our best friends, our dogs - we want to do lots of things together like biking or walking and being outdoors.

This is what the Dott.ssa recommends:
Check for fleas and ticks

How to to so: Check for fleas
It's a good idea to check pets for fleas on a regular basis. It is especially important to check if your pets seem unusually nervous or grumpy, or if they are scratching more than seems natural.
When checking for fleas, look for black specks (flea dirt) on your pet or on its bed. There are 2 easy ways to do this: 1. Run a metal comb (available from your vet or pet store) through your pet's coat making sure that you touch the skin below. If the comb gatheres black specks you may have found flea dirt. 2. Place a white towel beneath your pet and rub your hands across its fur. If black specks fall on the towel it may be flea dirt.
If you find live fleas with either one of these methods, drown them into soapy water before they can jump back on your pet.

Check for ticks
Because ticks can be dangerous, it's a good idea to check your pet thoroughly every day. Build it into your regular routine. Look for ticks as you brush, pet and play with you cat or dog. Examine as much of your pet's body as possible paying particular attention to the head, neck and paws because that's where ticks prefer to attach themselves. You may feel a tick bump before you can see the tick. Contact your vet immediately if you believe your pet has a tick. If you remove a tick, do so slowly using tweezers (never use your hands), save it in a bottle and bring it to your vet so that they can determine the species.

If you need further information, feel free to contact Dott.ssa Monica Scannicchio; Ambulatorio Veterinario Il Girasole; Via Turistica 14, Camporosso
Monday to Friday: 9.00- 12.30 / 15.30 -19.00 Saturday: 09.00 - 12.30
Tel : (0039) 0184 266116; In case of emergency Tel: 340 4898508

If you would like to have a lovable dog to take care of it and to offer a good home please make contact with The Dott.ssa or I would be happy to assist you. Thank you!

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