Fleas and ticks are more than just a nuisance. They can make your pet extremely uncomfortable and cause several different types of illnesses, like flea allergy dermatitis and tapeworm infestations. Elkridge Animal Hospital can evaluate your pet to determine the best type of flea prevention medication.
Pet Health Hazards Of Fleas And Ticks
Fleas and ticks carry diseases that can cause serious harm to your pet. The most common problem associated with fleas is flea allergy dermatitis, which causes excessive itching, skin inflammation, sores and hair loss. The second most common problem associated with fleas is tapeworms. Fleas can carry tapeworm eggs and when ingested, cause a tapeworm infestation.
Ticks are known to carry many different types of bacteria that can cause anaplasmosis, rocky mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis and Lyme disease. Lyme disease causes lethargy, pain in your pet’s joints and a decrease in appetite. Rocky Mountain spotted fever can cause skin lesions, vomiting, problems with your pet’s nervous system and depression. Anaplasmosis is known for causing lameness, diarrhea, and coughing. Ehrlichia can cause fever, bleeding disorders, weight loss, and respiratory distress.
For pets who are small or advanced in age, a severe flea infestation can cause anemia, which is characterized by rapid breathing, lack of appetite and excessive sleeping. If you suspect your pet has anemia due to fleas, it is an emergency situation.
Types Of Flea Prevention Medication
When it comes to preventing fleas and ticks, there are several different types of medications available, including sprays, oral tablets, spot-on treatments and flea collars. Elkridge Animal Hospital can help you decide which method is best for your pet, depending on his or her lifestyle.
- Oral Tablets – Typically given once a month to control fleas and ticks. When the parasite bites your pet, it ingests the medication and dies.
- Spot-On Treatments – Placed between your pet’s shoulder blades once a month. Kills fleas and ticks on contact.
Flea and Tick Prevention Help With Elkridge Animal Hospital
When it comes to controlling fleas and ticks, you can count on us to provide you with the right type of medication for your pet and advice on how to rid your home of flea infestations. We carry NexGard for dogs for a
a no-hassle way to control fleas and ticks and Revolution Plus for cats.
For more information on our flea and tick prevention services or to schedule another type of service, like your pet’s yearly wellness examination, call us at 410-379-6789 today.