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With its arid climate and vast landscapes, West Texas offers a unique living environment for residents and their pets. However, this region also harbors a significant population of fleas and ticks, which pose serious health risks to animals and humans alike. Effective management of these pests is crucial for the well-being of your furry friends. This blog will cover the risks associated with fleas and ticks, how to spot them, prevention strategies, and the benefits of using medication for year-round protection.

How to Spot Fleas and Ticks and Their Risks

Fleas and ticks are more than just a nuisance; they can transmit various diseases that affect both pets and humans. Fleas can cause flea allergy dermatitis, tapeworm infections, and even anemia in severe infestations. Ticks are notorious for spreading Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Ehrlichiosis, among other illnesses.

Spotting Fleas

Fleas are small, dark brown insects that move quickly through your pet’s fur. Signs of a flea infestation include:

  • Excessive scratching, biting, or licking by your pet
  • Visible flea dirt (tiny black specks) on your pet’s skin or bedding
  • Red, irritated skin, particularly around the base of the tail, groin, and belly

Spotting Ticks

Ticks are larger than fleas and can often be felt as small bumps on your pet’s skin. Common areas to find ticks include:

  • Around the ears
  • Between the toes
  • Under the collar
  • In the groin area

Regularly checking your pets for these pests, especially after they’ve been outdoors, is crucial for early detection and treatment.

How to Prevent Ticks

Preventing ticks involves a combination of environmental management and protective measures for your pets. Here are some effective strategies:


Keep your yard tidy by regularly mowing the lawn, removing leaf litter, and trimming shrubs. Landscaping reduces the habitat for ticks and their hosts, like rodents.

Barrier Treatments

Apply pesticides to the perimeter of your yard to create a barrier against ticks. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure safety for your pets and family.

Tick-Proofing Your Pet

Use veterinarian-recommended tick prevention products, such as collars, topical treatments, or oral medications. Ensure these products are used consistently and as directed.

Regular Inspections

After outdoor activities, thoroughly check your pet for ticks, especially in the areas mentioned earlier. Promptly remove any ticks you find using tweezers or a tick removal tool.

Use Simparica for Year-Round Protection on Your Furry Friend

One of the most effective ways to protect your pet from fleas and ticks year-round is by using Simparica. Simparica is a monthly chewable tablet that offers several benefits. 

Comprehensive Protection

Simparica kills fleas before they can lay eggs and effectively eliminates various species of ticks, including the Lone Star tick, Gulf Coast tick, and American dog tick.

Fast Acting

Simparica begins to kill fleas within three hours and ticks within eight hours, providing quick relief and reducing the risk of disease transmission.


A single dose of Simparica provides protection for an entire month, ensuring continuous defense against these pests.


As a chewable tablet, Simparica is easy to administer and is often more palatable for pets compared to topical treatments.

Using Simparica consistently can help keep your pet healthy and free from the discomfort and dangers posed by fleas and ticks. Consult your veterinarian or our team to learn more about Simparica!

Consult With Your Veterinarian

Fleas and ticks are persistent pests in West Texas, but with vigilant care and the right preventive measures, you can protect your pets from their harmful effects. At Live Oak Veterinary Clinic, we are dedicated to providing the best care for your furry friends. Our experienced team is here to offer personalized advice, preventive treatments, and expert care to keep your pets healthy and happy. Don’t wait until fleas and ticks become a problem—contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about how we can help you protect your pets year-round.

Live Oak Animal Hospital

98th & Slide
5214 98th St.
Ste. 100
Lubbock, TX 79424
(806) 794-9000
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11302 Indiana Ave.
Lubbock, TX 79423
(806) 642-4010
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Lubbock, TX 79424
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Animal Hospital Hours

98th & Slide
Monday – Friday: 8am–8pm
Saturday: 8am–5pm
Sunday: 12pm–5pm

113th & Indiana (South)
Monday – Friday: 8am–6pm
Saturday: 8am–12pm
Sunday: Closed

Monday – Friday: 8am–12pm, 1pm – 5pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

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Pet Hotel Hours

98th & Slide
Monday – Friday: 7am–6pm
Saturday: 8am–12pm, 4pm–6pm
Sunday: 4pm–6pm

113th & Indiana (South)
Monday – Friday: 8am–6pm
Saturday: 8am–12pm
Sunday: 4pm–6pm


For after hours emergencies, please contact the Lubbock Small Animal Emergency Clinic located at 6305 66th.

(806) 797-6483

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