Fleas and ticks are capable of causing significant skin irritation in both dogs and cats. Beyond discomfort and itching, these blood-sucking parasites can transmit a host of diseases to your dog or cat and to their humans. Flea, tick, and parasite prevention have been made easy with the use of once-a-month products for control of these insect pests. Our experienced staff can help you select the flea and tick products that are right for your dog or cat.
Ticks can be a bit more serious. They carry diseases such as Lyme disease, an illness that may result in lameness, swollen joints, and cardiac and neurological disorders. Ticks should be removed immediately to minimize the risk of disease transmission. Using tweezers (NEVER your hand), grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull it out gently. Watch the area for signs of swelling or signs that a portion of the tick is still lodged under your pet’s skin.
For your pet’s safety, please talk to us and purchase your flea and tick products for your dog and cat from us. Remember: dog flea and tick products should NOT be used on cats. ALWAYS use flea and tick products that are formulated especially for cats.
There are many ways for our pets to become infected with parasites. Our pets may:
- eat grass and dirt infected with parasite eggs
- play in or drink from unsanitary water sources such as drainage ditches
- eat other pet’s droppings
- find and eat portions of dead animals such as rodents or birds
- obtain some parasites directly from their mom–some parasites can cross the placenta and others can be obtained while nursing
It is advised that we examine your pet’s stool semiannually to check for intestinal parasites. When you bring your pet in for a physical exam, please bring a fresh stool sample with you from a recent walk or trip to the litter box.
If you have questions about parasites or parasite prevention or need preventative medications, please call us at 407-833-8868.