Keep your pets safe from fleas this summer

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - Bugs are much more prevalent in the summer, and your pets may get fleas, or something worse! Travis Arndt, with the Animal Medical Center of Mid-America, joins us to give us tips to keep your pets safe.

He says be the watch dog:  external parasites like fleas and ticks can be easy to spot, especially if pets begin scratching or chewing more than normal or showing signs of hair loss. Bites from mosquitoes and mites can cause similar discomfort. Pay attention to these different symptoms associated with parasites and keep pets well-groomed for their comfort as well as health.

It's the inside that counts: internal parasites, such as tapeworms and hookworms, do not always cause visible symptoms.The best way to find and prevent internal parasites is by taking pets to the veterinarian at least once a year for routine screenings.

The best bet? The vet: unfortunately, there is no cure-all for parasites.

For more information on parasite prevention: call the Animal Medical Center of Mid-America at 314-951-1534 or visit