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3 Important Reasons to Protect Your Pet From Fleas & Ticks May 6, 2019

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3 Important Reasons to Protect Your Pet From Fleas & Ticks, Sycamore, Ohio

Fleas and ticks might be small, but they can cause big problems for cats and dogs and even put their health in danger. These pests are also highly prevalent, as they’ve been known to cause problems across all regions of the country throughout the year. That’s why veterinarians encourage all cat and dog owners to invest in pet medications or other solutions that prevent infestations. To better illustrate the value of this treatment, here are a few problems you can avoid with flea and tick prevention.

3 Animal Health Issues Prevented by Flea & Tick Medication

1. Defends Against Discomfort

pet medicationDue to being allergic to a flea’s saliva, animals can experience severe itching. Tick bites—especially if the insect is still embedded in the skin—can also cause aggravation. In addition to being uncomfortable, this skin irritation could cause pets to scratch incessantly, increasing their risk of infection and lesions.

2. Minimizes Disease Transmission Risks

Through their bites, fleas and ticks are both known to carry a variety of infectious diseases that can be spread to animals. Fleas, for example, can cause Bartonellosis (Mycoplasma haemofelis) in cats and dogs. Tick bites are known to transmit a variety of diseases that most notably include Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tick paralysis, and tularemia. While some of these diseases can be treated with pet medications, it’s much preferable to prevent them from occurring in the first place and avoid the  lasting health complications. Don’t stop using tick protection if your pet is infected either – dogs can be infected with Lyme disease over and over again if they come in contact with new ticks.

3. Inhibits Tapeworm Infestations

In their larval stage, fleas often consume tapeworm eggs that begin to grow within the insect. When cats and dogs ingest fleas—usually while grooming their coats—they also consume the tapeworm. Once the parasite reaches the intestines, it will advance into its adult form. Eventually, the tapeworm will deplete nutrients from the animal’s body and cause weight loss, as well as increase the risk of intestinal and digestive issues. Typically, the only way to remove tapeworms is for a veterinarian to prescribe a deworming pet medication.

 

While flea and tick prevention is essential for all cats and dogs, not all treatments are right for every animal. Fortunately, if you’re not sure which solution is right for your companion, the Montgomery Animal Hospital can introduce you to safe and effective options, such as oral chews, topical pet medications, or a collar. This Cincinnati, OH, veterinarian is also equipped to treat health issues caused by these pests in a caring, comfortable fashion. To learn more about their preventive and general care, visit this veterinary clinic online, or call (513) 791-7912 to schedule an appointment.

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