Fleas & Ticks Can Be Prevented
Fleas and ticks are parasites that can live on your pet, hiding in the fur and feasting on blood. Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital wants you to know that these pests are not just annoying; they can carry diseases that can be harmful to your pets health and be transmitted to you, your family, or your friends.
There are many different types of ticks found all over the country. They live in the bushes and grass you may find outside your home and in parks. When you and your pet walk through this foliage, ticks will try to attach themselves to you. After biting and enjoying a meal, they then detach so that they can reproduce.
What Should I Know About Fleas, Ticks and Disease?
Fleas and ticks often carry diseases. These diseases can be transmitted directly to dogs, cats, and people.
- Anemia caused by blood loss can result from an infestation of fleas. This can be fatal, particularly to kittens. One of the symptoms is pale gums.
- Tapeworm eggs can be carried by fleas and passed on to your pet.
- Haemobartonellosis is a more serious form of anemia, caused by a microorganism that is carried by the flea. It can be diagnosed with a lab test and is treated with antibiotics, steroids, and, in some very bad cases, blood transfusions.
- Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, and many other diseases are transmitted by the tick.
Flea and Tick Prevention Is Important
During the warm weather months, usually from April through November in our area, flea and tick prevention is very important. If you travel south in the winter, you should use preventive flea and tick measures year round.
Ticks and fleas, and the diseases that they carry, are preventable. After you and your pet have been outside, check for ticks by running your hands through the coat of your dog or cat before going inside. If a tick has attached itself, you will usually feel a bump. Make sure to check between the toes and around the ears as well. If you find ticks, it is not an emergency; call us during our office hours and we will advise you.
Besides actually seeing the flea itself on your pet, other evidence includes black flea dirt (feces), itchiness, and hot spots. The majority of the flea life cycle is spent in the environment, not on your pet. Once they inhabit your home, they are difficult to get rid of. We advise the use of very effective flea preventatives on your pet so your home does not become infested.
Because each pet is different, we are careful to prescribe the right type of preventative according to lifestyle and age. All of these products are available right here in our pharmacy for your convenience.
Animal Kind is passionate about protecting your pet from fleas and ticks and welcomes your questions about preventing them.