Although fleas and ticks can survive year-round, they are especially numerous in the late spring, throughout the summer, and in the early fall. Grantsburg Animal Hospital and Wild River Veterinary Clinic encourage you to provide your pet with year-round protection against these annoying and potentially deadly parasites.
Common Signs of Fleas in Companion Animals
The most likely places to find fleas on your dog or cat is on the hind end, thighs, upper portion of the paws, and tail. However, these microscopic parasites are usually too small for anyone to see. You will know your pet has fleas when he starts scratching himself with unusual intensity. Other possible indications of fleas include:
- Pus draining from the area of infestation
- Red skin abrasions, with or without bleeding
- Tapeworm in your pet’s feces
- Licking, chewing, biting, or rubbing the areas of flea infestation
Some pets are allergic to the saliva of fleas and may develop dermatitis because of it. The intense itching can cause bald patches of fur, another clue of the presence of fleas. Although this parasite is not deadly, it can cause your pet to develop tapeworm. Left untreated, tapeworm will continue growing inside of your pet’s body and possibly make her anemic due to diverting all of her nutrient sources.
What You Need to Know About Ticks
The organization Pets and Parasites states that cases of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases are higher this year because of more ticks. The increase is attributed to the dry and hot weather conditions of the last several summers. Fever, fatigue, arthritis, and infections of the skin are the most obvious indications of a tick. This parasite cannot survive without the blood of its host.
You can help reduce the likelihood of Lyme or other tick-borne diseases by checking your pet for ticks daily. The best way to do this is to feel with your hand from head to tail as well as your pet’s underbelly, between toes, underneath the ears and armpits, and under the face and chin. Be sure to pull the tick out in a straight motion with a pair of tweezers so you don’t leave any of the body behind.
Commit to Year-Round Protection
Your pet depends on you to keep him free of parasites. If you feel unsure of which prevention product to use, just call for a recommendation or bring it us at your pet’s next check-up. You can also shop in our online store.
Prevention is simple, inexpensive, and can save your pet’s life. At the very least, it will spare her a lot of misery. Summer is short enough as it is. The last thing you want is for your pet to have to stay indoors due to illness or fear of picking up tickborne diseases or fleas. If we can help in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Grantsburg Animal Hospital at 715-463-2536 or Wild River Veterinary Clinic at 320-629-7474.
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