Don't Let Fleas and Ticks Bug Your Pet This Spring

Don’t Let Fleas and Ticks Bug Your Pet This Spring

It’s time to talk fleas and ticks. Springtime isn’t just the time of year when flowers blooms, it’s flea and tick season. While our beautiful area warms up, fleas and ticks become more and more of a pest for our beloved pets. Flea eggs hatch and pets spend more time outdoors, so we see increased rates of dogs and cats suffering from these creepy crawlies.

Fleas and ticks thrive in temperatures above 40-degrees which means they’re about to spring into action. Now is the time to evaluate how you are protecting your pup or cat from fleas and ticks. 

Why Protect Your Pet with Flea and Tick Prevention This Spring?

Fleas and ticks aren’t just gross, they’re dangerous. Fleas and ticks can cause a wide range of serious health issues for our pets. Both of these parasites that can cause direct harm to your pet and expose them to greater risk for secondary, and more serious problems, like Lyme Disease and tapeworms.

Let’s Get Frank About Fleas

Did you know one flea can lay 40-50 eggs per day? Many wild animals like rats, mice, and rabbits can carry fleas and spread them to your yard or where you walk your dog.

Fleas eggs take two weeks to hatch which makes them difficult to get rid of once your pet and home becomes infested. We frequently see pet owners that believe they have their infestation under control, just to be surprised two weeks later when new fleas hatch and cycle starts all over, again.

Fleas cause your dog or cat to itch and scratch, sometimes until they scratch off patches of fur and cause cuts and skin irritation. But fleas aren’t just a nuisance because they cause our furry friends to itch, they can also cause other illnesses.

Health Issues Caused by Fleas

  • Flea Allergy Dermatitis: Many dogs and cats are actually allergic to flea saliva. This can cause your pet to develop severe bumps and bald patches.
  • Hot Spots:  Painful and irritating to pets, hot spots are the result of your dog or cat chewing and licking the same area over and over again, making it vulnerable to bacteria.
  • Tapeworms: As your dog or cat chews the area where a flea bites them, there’s a likely chance they will swallow the culprit. Fleas infected with tapeworm can spread parasites to your pet’s intestines.
  • Anemia: Because fleas and ticks live off your pet’s blood, they can cause them low red blood cell counts which can be life-threatening if left untreated.
  • Bartonella:  Also known as “Cat Scratch Fever,” this infection can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and seizures.

Ticks

Our area is particularly prone to ticks that can make our pups and cats ill. Ticks are especially active this time of year. As you return to hiking trails or even the park, your dog has a greater chance of being exposed to these icky little critters as he’s running through the wildflowers and fields.

You’re probably familiar with how ticks attach to our pets and fill with blood before falling off. But are you aware of the serious risks they pose our dogs and cats?

Common Health Issues Caused by Ticks

  • Lyme Disease: Lyme Disease causes joint issues, arthritis, and possible lameness in infected pets.
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever: This causes fever, lameness, and damage to your dog’s blood vessels.
  • Other Diseases and Illnesses: AnemiaRickettsiosis, Anaplasmosis, Bourbon Virus, Ehrlichiosis, Tularemia

Ticks don’t just threaten your pet’s health, but they can threaten yours, too. If your pet brings a tick into your home and it drops off after feeding, it can attach to you and cause many of the same diseases like Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

Often the health issues related to fleas and ticks aren’t recognized until they’ve progressed to becoming harmful, even life-threatening to pets. And as with most pet-related illnesses, they’re easier to prevent than treat and eliminate.

So, How Can Your Prevent Fleas and Ticks from Bugging Your Pets?

We offer a wide range of flea and tick preventative medicines. We tailor all prescriptions to your pet’s needs, so you know your furry best friend is getting the best care. We can also answer any questions that you may have related to your pet’s health!

If you think your dog or cat is experiencing a flea or tick problem or you want to prevent a problem before it happens, we can help!

It’s time to scratch that itch and bring your pet by for a checkup!

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