Flea And Tick Prevention: Protect Your Pets
Humans are not the only ones who are attracted to your cute and cuddly pet. Fleas and ticks are parasites that feed on your pet’s blood, and can cause discomfort and health problems. Flea and tick prevention are essential to keeping your pets healthy and happy.
Fleas And Ticks Love Florida
The humid, tropical climate of Florida is the perfect breeding ground for fleas and ticks – that’s why prevention for your dogs and cats is essential preventative care.
How Do Animals Pick Up Fleas And Ticks?
There are several ways that pets pick up fleas and ticks. If your animals spend time outdoors or with other animals, these parasites can jump from the ground or from trees and shrubs onto your pet. They also can jump from pet to pet.
Dogs and cats can also get ticks or fleas from other animals such as squirrels, raccoons, and small rodents that carry them. Without realizing it, humans are often carriers of insects. We can carry them on our pants or shoes simply from a walk in the park.
Because these parasites are so easily contracted, prevention is extremely important.
The Risks Of Fleas And Ticks
The risk of fleas and ticks can be more severe than an irritation. There are several health problems that are introduced by these parasites, including:
- Allergic reactions such as flea allergy dermatitis.
- Tick bites, which can lead to tick paralysis and other diseases.
- Skin irritation or infection.
- Lyme disease.
Some of these effects can be fatal, especially for smaller animals.
Flea And Tick Prevention Methods
There are various ways to prevent the infection of fleas and ticks, giving you peace of mind every time your pet ventures out of the home.
Keep your lawn tick-free by regularly mowing, removing tall weeds, eliminating spaces for rodents to live, and having your lawn treated.
You can purchase flea and tick prevention products from your veterinarian. Some examples of these are Simparica and Bravecto for dogs, and Bravecto and Revolution Plus for cats.
Signs Of Fleas And Ticks
These are some signs to look for that could indicate a flea or tick infestation:
- Visibility of ticks or fleas.
- Flea eggs (small, white grains).
- Itchy and irritated skin.
- Consistent scratching.
- Feeling small bumps on your pet’s skin.
- Excessive chewing and licking.
- Hair loss and scabs.
- Pale lips and gums.
If you notice any of these signs, contact your local veterinarian for an appointment.
Who To Call For Help
A veterinary professional will be able to offer expert diagnosis and a treatment plan for parasite infestations. At All Aboard Animal Hospital, we pride ourselves in offering the finest veterinary services and we are dedicated to providing excellent care. Contact us at 954-785-7780 to find out more about our services.