Unfortunately, both fleas and ticks transmit diseases that can cause serious health problems in pets. It is essential that you keep your pet well protected from fleas and ticks. That's why our team at Hardin Animal Hospital in Stockton provides quality parasite prevention your pet needs to maintain a healthy and happy life. Here are some common questions patients often have about fleas and ticks.
Where are the fleas and ticks coming from?
Fleas and ticks thrive in warmer weather and can also survive in certain humidity levels. Sometimes, they prefer the shade. You can find them underneath doghouses, shrubs, tall grasses, and other areas within your garden or yard. Animals pass fleas easily to one another, making it very possible to travel into your house.
Are they just an issue in the summer months?
Fleas and ticks grow in milder environments. However, that environment can also be your home. For example, California generally has milder winters, making it easier for ticks and fleas to be a problem throughout the year.
Can blood loss be dangerous to my pet from the bites?
In more severe cases, an infestation of fleas and ticks can result in fatal anemia or create other severe issues resulting from an extreme loss of blood in chronically ill or younger pets.
What causes the bites to itch?
Since fleas and tick saliva contain a substance that many animals are allergic to, this can cause an allergic dermatitis reaction that includes bumps or itchy sores. In addition, bacteria can grow and cause an infection within these bumps or sores in pets that lick or chew them.
What are some other medical conditions that fleas cause?
Fleas have a reputation for spreading and causing other health conditions. They can also transmit tapeworms and cause other health issues.
What are some other diseases that are transmitted by ticks?
Like fleas, ticks also can transmit a variety of diseases that can be very serious. These include ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, and anaplasmosis.
Are there ways I can prevent flea and ticks in my home?
On a regular basis, you should make sure to vacuum your home. Be sure to empty the vacuum after each use. It may also be beneficial to trim your lawn short, making it much difficult for fleas and ticks to lurk outdoors.
Contact Our Animal Hospital for Flea and Tick Prevention from Our Stockton Veterinarian
If you are in need of a veterinarian in Stockton, CA, Hardin Animal Hospital provides all the services your pet will need. We will be happy to answer any questions you have about flea and tick prevention as well as go over treatment options available for your pet. Give us a call at 209-464-4521 to learn more about how we can keep your pet protected.