The Importance of Flea and Tick Prevention
As winter begins to give way to warmer spring weather, our beloved furry friends are going to want to spend more time outside. The downside to this weather change is the surge of fleas and ticks your pet could experience while exploring your backyard. Are your pets protected from the dangers of fleas and ticks? Are flea and tick preventatives really that important? Veterinary Emergency Clinic is here with the simple answer; YES! Diseases caused by fleas and ticks are dangerous and can cause your pets serious harm. Here are some things you may not have known about fleas and ticks and why they are so dangerous to your pets.
Ticks are ectoparasites, living by feeding on the blood of mammals, birds, and sometimes reptiles and amphibians. In order for a tick to live, it must feed on a host organism. A tick bite can cause infections, abscesses, paralysis, and even death in your pet. Ticks also carry a myriad of diseases, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Ehrlichiosis. Symptoms of these diseases include loss of appetite, lethargy, sensitivity to touch, and depression. Each of these tick-borne diseases can cause serious harm to your pet; but they are all difficult to diagnose due to the vague nature of the presenting symptoms. If you suspect your pet has been bitten by a tick, and it is presenting with any of the above symptoms, please call Veterinary Emergency Clinic. We would be happy to help.
Fleas are small flightless insects that feed on the blood of a host, and move from specimen to specimen by jumping. The pesky creatures can cause major discomfort to our four legged friends, including but not limited to itchy skin, flaky skin, scabs, hotspots, and hair loss. For a flea to be a serious danger to our pets, it only takes one bite! One of the scariest parts about a flea infestations is that it can cause tapeworms in our pets. Fleas carry tapeworm larvae. Pets eat the fleas on their skin when going to itch the spot where the flea might have bitten them. Those larvae are eaten with the flea, and mature to an adult tapeworm inside of your pet’s belly. One of the most telling signs that you pet has contacted a tapeworm is that your pet is eating a normal amount but losing a significant amount of weight.
One of the best ways to protect your pets from these harmful insects is year round prevention. With a variety of oral, topical and injectable products, there is an option out there that will work best for you and your pet. The chronic skin problems, and deadly diseases that are a serious threat to your four legged companion. Please do not medicate your pets without consulting a veterinarian first; flea and tick medicine can be toxic if not given in proper doses. If you think your pet has been exposed to any of these insect borne illnesses, call Veterinary Emergency Clinic. Our quick actions and years of experience are here to help all your emergent pet needs. Call us today, we are here to help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.