Pets are susceptible to fleas and ticks because their fur can hide these parasites. Even if your pet doesn't go outside, it can still catch fleas and ticks. It is important to use flea and tick prevention medications from a veterinarian to keep your pet safe from diseases and conditions that can be transmitted by fleas and ticks. If your pet needs a flea treatment or parasite prevention medication in the Reisterstown and Owings Mills areas, call TLC for Pets for a pet exam with one of our veterinarians.
Fleas and Pets
Cats and dogs are highly susceptible to fleas and their bites. Fleas can propagate quickly, so one or two fleas can quickly turn into many. The volume of flea bites that they can deliver can cause anemia in pets. Their bites also commonly cause allergic reactions, and these reactions can be serious. Many pets are allergic to the saliva of fleas.
When pets bite at the itchy bites, they may swallow a flea, and this can cause them to be infected with tapeworms. Flea bites are often quite itchy, irritating, and they may get infected. If your pet has fleas, it needs a flea treatment before being put on a flea and tick prevention medication.
Ticks and Pets
There are many diseases caused by tick bites. Ticks stay attached to your pet and keep drinking its blood continuously. This keeps the tick in contact with your pet’s bloodstream. This allows several dangerous bacteria to get inside. Lyme disease is just one serious disease that pets can get and it can be fatal. Tick paralysis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever are also spread through tick bites.
Flea and Tick Prevention
There are countless medications on the market that keep pets free from fleas and ticks. Our veterinarians will conduct a health exam of your pet and determine which type of medication your pet needs. Many great medications are chewable to make it easy for pets to take them. There is also an injection that pets can get to stay free from fleas and ticks for a year. Some of these medications also work on various types of worms, including heartworms.
Contact Our Veterinarians at TLC for Pets
If your pet is not on preventative medication for fleas and ticks, our veterinarians at TLC for Pets can help. If you live in or around the Reisterstown or Owings Mills areas, call our team today at (410) 833-1717 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.