Fleas and ticks are common issues for pets. Fleas and ticks can attach themselves to your pet's skin and fur, causing very uncomfortable symptoms and tick-borne diseases. Fleas and ticks can wreak havoc on your pet, so preventative care is essential. Preventative medications can be purchased at Georgetown Animal Hospital in Georgetown, OH.
A flea infestation can make your pet very uncomfortable. When your pet gets fleas, they will bite, causing severe itchiness. Your pet will scratch and bite at the area for some relief, which can cause redness, irritated skin, and fur loss. Fleas can also cause skin allergies and can transmit parasites, such as tapeworm, to your pet.
A flea infestation can also be a nuisance for humans. If your pet is severely infested, the fleas will jump off your pet and start biting you and your family, which can cause visible itchy bites. The fleas will also infest your carpets, bedding, and furniture, which can be time-consuming and difficult to eradicate.
Ticks can be very harmful to your pet. When a tick latches onto your pet, it will suck your pet’s blood until the tick becomes engorged. The area where the tick was can become red and inflamed. If your pet is bitten by an infected tick, it can develop tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease, which causes swelling in your pet's joints, lameness, and other symptoms. If the tick is infected with Rocky Mountain spotted fever, your pet can develop a fever, lameness, and other symptoms. In rare cases, ticks can consume so much blood that your pet can develop anemia. Also, certain female ticks produce a toxin that can cause a rare paralysis in your pet.
Flea and Tick Prevention
Pet care is your responsibility, and providing your pet with preventive care is essential in keeping it healthy and comfortable. It is essential to use flea and tick prevention methods all year long, even during the winter. There are a few different preventative medications available:
- Topical medications: Topical medications are in liquid form and are applied between your pet's shoulder blades. The medication must be applied every month.
- Oral medications: Oral medications are given to your pet by mouth, and they are available in pill form or beef flavored chews for dogs. Like topical medication, these must be given once per month.
- Flea collars: Flea collars can help prevent fleas and ticks. The collars that must be replaced every few months are not as effective as long-wear collars. Seresta is a popular brand that needs to be replaced every eight months and is very effective in preventing flea and tick infestations.
Get Flea and Tick Prevention in Georgetown, OH
If your pet needs flea and tick preventative products, contact our veterinarian at Georgetown Animal Hospital. We will provide the preventative medication of your choice. Our veterinarian also provides other forms of preventive care, including full exams, vaccinations, and care for geriatric pets. Call us today at (937) 378-6334 to schedule an appointment.