Fleas and Ticks: Already Bigger Problem for Pets than Normal - KATV - Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports

Fleas and Ticks: Already Bigger Problem for Pets than Normal

Posted: Updated:
Midtown Tulsa -

A local veterinarian said he has been treating more dogs and cats for flea or tick problems than normal. He attributes a great deal of that to the relatively mild winter Green Country had.

"The last couple years, we just haven't had those really hard freezes to kill the fleas and ticks. So, they're just going crazy," said Dr. Rodney Robards at Southern Hills Veterinary Hospital.

Dog owner Maria Martinez has a flea and tick collar for her dog and also makes sure to keep up with his medications.

"I have heard that it was going to be a bad summer, because the way the weather was this year," Martinez said.

Dr. Robards said pet owners should consider preventative medications to avoid the critters. Those can be pills or the medications applied to the back of pets' necks. He encourages pet owners to search their dogs for ticks attached to them. Also, he suggested they rub their dog or cat's fur in the opposite direction it grows, near the tail, in search of fleas. He said if you see a black powder-like substance, it is flea feces. Dr. Robards said these critters can also lead to allergies.

"It is super important to prevent it," Dr. Robards said.

Southern Hills Veterinary Hospital has collected and sent flea and tick medications to pets in Moore that were affected by the tornado. If you are interested in contributing, you may call the clinic at (918) 747-1311.

  • Top Videos

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
loading...
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Authorities await ID on body found in burned car

    Authorities await ID on body found in burned car

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 1:17 PM EDT2014-04-23 17:17:48 GMT
    Authorities are investigating after a person was found dead inside of a burned car in St. Francis County.More >>
    Authorities are investigating after a person was found dead inside of a burned car in St. Francis County.More >>
  • Homeless man arrested in stabbing death of NLR man

    Homeless man arrested in stabbing death of NLR man

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:01 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:01:39 GMT
    LITTLE ROCK (KATV) – A homeless man was arrested Tuesday night after allegedly stabbing a man to death. Little Rock police officers were called to 1400 North Street, but were flagged down by a white male, Leslie Webb, on La Harpe.More >>
    LITTLE ROCK (KATV) – A homeless man was arrested Tuesday night after allegedly stabbing a man to death. Little Rock police officers were called to 1400 North Street, but were flagged down by a white male, Leslie Webb, on La Harpe.More >>
  • Cold Front To Increase Showers and T-Storms Thursday

    Cold Front To Increase Showers and T-Storms Thursday

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 5:50 PM EDT2014-04-23 21:50:29 GMT
    A cold air mass will remain over Arkansas this Christmas holiday. With sunshine on this Christmas Eve we'll see highs only in the upper 30s to mid 40's over the state.More >>
    Warm conditions will dominate the upcoming weekend and beyondMore >>