As temperatures rise this spring fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes will be thriving. These little bugs can pass diseases to our pets that can lead to some pretty serious issues.
Fleas: These are small flightless creatures that live off of blood meals provided by biting our pets. Flea bites can be intensely itchy and for some pets just one bite can cause an allergic reaction which would need veterinary attention. Fleas can multiply quickly and can be miserable for the pet and owner to deal with. It is much easier to use a preventive than to pay for a skin issue and treating your home later. If your pet has fleas and chews his skin to satisfy the itch after a flea bites, the fleas themselves can be ingested and pass along an intestinal parasite called tapeworm. A fine toothed comb is a great way to see if your pet has fleas. The comb will catch live fleas and flea dirt on the skins surface. Keeping your pet on a monthly preventive will keep your pet and your home pet free! We have multiple different preventives to fit every lifestyle and need.
Ticks: These parasites also feed off of the blood of your pet. Ticks are flightless as well and wait in tall grasses for your pet to walk by and then latches on and crawls around on your pet searching for the best spot to feed. It is always a good idea to check your pet every time they come in from outside for these pests. Common places to find ticks are on the face, ears, neck and any hard to groom areas. There is a wide variety of ticks in our area and has really become a quickly increasing epidemic in our area. Ticks can transmit disease to you and your pet, most commonly Lyme disease.
Mosquitoes: These annoying bugs do fly and land on us and our pets for blood meals. Mosquitoes can transmit heart worms to our pets. Mosquitoes can be found all over but thrive where there is standing water. Eliminating any sources of extra water in or around your home can help eliminate breeding areas for this pest. There are yard treatments as well but the best way to protect your pet is to keep them on a heartworm preventive every month all year long.
For more information on how to protect your pet from these pesky parasites give our clinic a call 231-276-6361.