At Hardin Animal Hospital, we treat pets in and around Stockton, CA. An important part of treating the pet community is preventative care. Fleas and ticks are pests that can be avoided if the proper prevention methods are used. Let’s take a look at these pests and how our veterinarian can protect your furry friend against them.
How Flea and Tick Infestations Happen
Cats and dogs that spend time outside, particularly during the warmer months, are almost always affected by fleas. Fleas are tiny parasites that live on their host’s skin and feed on their blood. Fleas and ticks can easily attach to your clothing as you go in and out and pose a threat to your pets once inside.
The flea’s life cycle progresses rapidly with a remarkable number of eggs produced in a short time. This rapid life cycle allows the infestation to happen in a brief period. It is much easier to eliminate fleas before the point of a heavy infestation, so acting quickly once you detect fleas on your pet will save your pet a lot of pain and aggravation.
Like fleas, ticks detect the presence of a host by sensing warmth nearby. Ticks crawl onto your pet from trees, plants, and shady spots, biting and embedding into your pet’s skin for meals. Many wooded areas that pets explore have numerous ticks and your pet can be inundated.
The Harmful Effects of Flea and Tick Bites
Flea and tick bites cause itching, swelling, and irritation of the skin. The bites can become infected from constant scratching. Blood loss from an unchecked parasitic infestation may result in anemia, which is life-threatening. In addition, fleas tend to carry tapeworm eggs which pets often ingest while trying to rid themselves of the parasites, which creates a second parasite problem. Tick bites from infected ticks can lead to Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, or anaplasmosis.
How Our Animal Hospital Can Help
Talk to our veterinarian about effective flea and tick treatments for your pet. We will advise you about what particular parasites are affecting your pet and the best medications to help. Choose from monthly topical treatments that are applied to the skin, chewable tablets, collars, or sprays. Our veterinarian will also create a plan to remedy a home infestation if it is needed.
Get Flea and Tick Prevention in Stockton, CA
If you would like to know more about parasite prevention or would like to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian, call Hardin Animal Hospital today at (209) 464-4521.