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Posted on 06-06-2018
Warming weather means more fleas and ticks. Our veterinarian at Millhopper Veterinary Medical Center in Gainesville wants to help you protect your pets against fleas and ticks by providing you with the right parasite prevention medication.
When fleas bite your pet, they can cause illnesses. The most common condition is flea allergy dermatitis, which is a skin allergy that is caused by flea saliva. This can cause excessive itching and inflammation of the skin. If your pet scratches too much, it can lead to hair loss. Fleas can also cause bacterial infections and tapeworms.
The most common disease caused by tick bites is Lyme disease. There is a Lyme disease vaccination for dogs that can help prevent the illness. Additional illnesses caused by ticks include Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Anaplasmosis, and Babesiosis. Tick-borne diseases can cause lameness, fevers, diarrhea and swollen lymph nodes. To help protect your pet against tick-borne diseases, it is important to look through their hair after every walk and remove any ticks you find.
Pet owners should be vigilant when it comes to protecting their pets from fleas, ticks and other parasites. Puppies, kittens and elderly or small pets are at a higher risk of developing flea and tick-related health problems, but every unprotected pet is at risk. Our veterinarian in Gainesville recommends using flea and tick preventative medications year round, but if you stopped your parasite prevention methods during winter, it’s time to begin the treatments again.
Flea and tick preventative medications are available in a variety of types. The most common types of flea and tick preventative medications are flavored chewable tablets. These tablets are given to your dog once a month, and they kill the external parasites when they bite your pet. If you want a preventative medication that kills pests on contact, you may want to consider a gel or spray that is placed on your pet’s fur. If you need a preventative medication that also prevents heartworms, our vet can recommend one.
When it comes to cats, more feline owners choose spot-on treatments or spray on treatments, and of course, you can always choose a basic flea collar. If you are having difficulty choosing a type of parasite prevention medication for your cat, our veterinarian can help you by recommending a reliable brand and the right type of treatment for your beloved pet. To learn more about how to keep your pets safe from fleas and ticks and to schedule an appointment, call us at 352-373-8055.
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