Oh No! Summer is Back!
Did you know that fleas & ticks can cause numerous health issues in your pets?
There are more than 2,000 different kinds of fleas, and it only takes a few to cause major health problems for you and your pet. Your pet can become infested with fleas from other stray animals, including raccoons or possums, and most ticks can come from woods or tall grass areas.
Using flea and tick prevention, keeps them from biting you, your pet and out of your home. Keep the outside of your home free of leaf piles, tall grass areas and thick brush. Fleas and ticks are sunlight and humidity sensitive, you will commonly find them under shade prone areas and under shrubs. You can purchase EPA friendly sprays for protection around your home and fence line areas, but it is discouraged to spray your entire grass as it is damaging to the environment.
The bite from a flea causes their saliva to enter under the skin, and their salivary proteins cause skin irritation. Most common in dogs and cats is called flea allergy dermatitis. Symptoms include scratching, hair loss, and hot spots become a problem only after a few fleas. Worst case scenario if flea infestation is to high, your pet can become anemic ( low blood count), contract tapeworms left by fleas or even death.
Ticks, have 15 or more tick-transmitted diseases including Lyme’s, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and ehrlichiosis, which can cause a wide range of symptoms in your pet. Most commonly lame or swollen joints, changes in blood counts and immune-mediated conditions.
The cost of purchasing flea & tick medicine is 95% cheaper then controlling them once they are a problem.Keeping preventative medication on your pet year round is best. There are many tick species that can live long into the fall months in the northern portion of the Untied States. There are many over the counter flea and tick medications that often don’t work, because they are synthetic pyrethrins, which fleas are becoming more resistant too. That then leads many pet owners to over apply preventative medicine, which can cause toxicities. There are both topical brands and oral brands that can be given once a month for prevention. Ask your veterinarian about the right product for your pet.