Both of these parasites can be dangerous for pets. Both dogs and cats can get fleas and ticks, and these pests can cause multiple serious diseases with their bites. If you need help keeping these pests away from your pets, visit our veterinarians at Lakeville Animal Hospital in the Middleborough area. Our animal hospital provides a wide range of veterinary care for our patients, including flea and tick prevention.
Fleas and Your Pets
Fleas are a serious hazard for household pets. One of the main reasons for this is that they are the source of many allergies. Their bites can trigger allergic reactions which will irritate the skin causing your pet to itch. It is very common for dogs and cats to break the skin when they itch. A cut or a scratch can easily lead to an infection which requires additional veterinary care. Flea bites can put bacteria into the bloodstream, causing illness. Fleas can also leave their eggs on your pet leading to another generation of pests for your pet.
Ticks and Your Pets
Perhaps even more serious, ticks stay attached to your pet as they feed for long periods. This allows them to release several dangerous bacteria types into your pet. Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease are just two of the serious diseases that can be passed by ticks to your pets. Your pet may scratch at the area, but he may not. Unlike flea bites, these bites often don't cause itching. The best way to protect your pet from these health hazards is to use preventative medicine.
Flea and Tick Prevention
If your pet spends any time outdoors, getting fleas or ticks is a real possibility. These pests can also detach from your pet and infest the inside of your home. Flea and tick prevention is an important part of proper care for your pet. Prevention can come in a number of ways, depending on what our veterinarian thinks is right for your pet and his lifestyle. This prevention can keep these parasites from causing allergies and diseases in your pet. Often, a monthly tablet is all that is needed to keep these pests at bay.
Flea and Tick Control in Lakeville, MA
A veterinarian needs to evaluate your pet and prescribe the proper flea and tick prevention. If you live in the Middleborough area, call Lakeville Animal Hospital today at (508) 947-1309 to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians.