If your furry friends spend any time outdoors, they may be more vulnerable to developing illnesses spread by fleas and ticks. If not treated promptly, some illnesses may even be life-threatening. Here are a handful of flea and tick-related diseases that pest control treatment services can help prevent.
4 Diseases Pets May Get From Fleas & Ticks
Ticks are notorious for transmitting Lyme disease, and your dogs and cats are not immune. When infected, your animals may experience fever, muscle weakness, and loss of appetite. In more severe cases, failure of the heart, kidneys, or nervous system may occur.
Fleas are known carriers of bartonellosis, which causes fever, nausea, diarrhea, and seizures in cats and dogs. It is also possible for your furry friends to pass this disease along to you and your family. If you suspect bartonellosis, immediately take your pet to the veterinarian and schedule pest control treatments as soon as possible.
Ehrlichiosis is a bacterial infection that affects domesticated animals, damaging their white blood cells and compromising their immune systems. When infected, your dogs and cats may show signs of lethargy, anemia, and swollen lymph nodes.
Fleas also carry tapeworms. When your dogs and cats scratch and nibble at flea bites, they may ingest the tapeworm parasite, which causes fatigue, weight loss, and bowel irritation. Pest control treatments are ideal for keeping fleas away from your home and preventing the spread of this illness.
Keep your household safe and healthy for your pets and your family with regular pest control treatments from Pest-Ex. For over 60 years, they have successfully controlled fleas, ticks, bedbugs, rats, and roaches from Houston County, AL, homes and businesses. Call them at (334) 794-5903 to schedule an appointment for commercial or residential pest control. Visit their website to see a list of their services.