Itchy and Scratchy: The Damage Caused by Fleas and Ticks
Spring fever is a common phenomenon shared by people and pets alike. As soon as the first crocus pops up, neighbors begin tidying up their yards, planting flowers, and tuning up their bikes. Pets swoon over the long days and sweet breezes just as we do. Unfortunately, in their eagerness to simply be outside all time, they become targets of fleas and ticks. In their own way, these blood-thirsty bugs are experiencing their own spring fever, and we want to make sure your pet is protected!
One Step Ahead
It’s easy to ignore what we can’t see, but by the time fleas and ticks are noticeable, they’re likely already nesting in the yard, or worse, your home. But these ectoparasites are more than just pests. Responsible for transmitting serious diseases and infections, bites from fleas and ticks can also cause allergic reactions.
Female fleas can lay more than 40 eggs in a single day, all but ensuring a full-blown infestation. Trying to get rid of fleas can be expensive, time consuming, and infuriating. Carpeting, upholstery, and bedding all provide ideal conditions for fleas to mature into reproducing adults.
Not to Mention Intense
Flea bite dermatitis is a specific allergy to flea saliva that causes intense itching, scratching, bald spots, and infection.
Tapeworms are another awful aspect related to fleas. If a pet eats a flea, these internal parasites can affect weight and quality of the coat.
The good news? Maintaining year-round parasite prevention eliminates all problems related to fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and various internal parasites.
Flick the Tick
Ticks are dangerous because they feed on blood, but they also pass bacterial and viral diseases to animals and people. Plus, they’re small, have a tendency to burrow into the skin, and are difficult to spot immediately.
Preventive medication is either topical or taken orally and re-administered every 30 days. Maintaining a timely application of the medication kills fleas and ticks. A missed or late dose can leave your pet open to infection. We’re happy to discuss effective reminders to ensure your pet remains protected.
Eradicate Fleas and Ticks
Keeping your home and yard as clean as possible helps enormously toward parasite prevention. Shady, overgrown areas attract rodents and other feral animals that can expose your pet to fleas and even ticks. Also be sure to do the following:
- Remove fallen leaves, keep the yard clipped, prune bushes, and ensure compost is not accessible.
- Vacuum daily, and wash your pet’s bedding and toys frequently.
- Bathe and groom your pet regularly.
If you have additional questions or concerns about how to protect your pet from fleas and ticks, please give us a call. Our caring, compassionate team is always here for you!