Fleas and ticks are common pests that pets have to deal with. Both fleas and ticks can spread a variety of diseases and conditions to cats and dogs. These pests need to be stopped before they infest your pet. If you live in or around Paducah and your furry friend needs flea and tick prevention, contact Dr. Everett at Paducah Veterinary Clinic.
Fleas and Pets
When a pet gets even just one flea, it can cause serious health problems for the animal. However, fleas multiply quickly, and one flea can quickly turn into dozens. Frequent flea bites often result in anemia in pets. A flea bite can also cause an allergic reaction in dogs ranging from mere itchiness to more serious issues. When a pet chews at an itchy bite, it may swallow a flea, and this can cause a tapeworm in your pet. Fleas can also spread diseases such as cat scratch disease and murine typhus. It is best to have your pet on flea and tick prevention to avoid these problems.
Ticks and Pets
Ticks are another pest that are common but can result in serious illnesses. Both Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever are caused by tick bites. The bites can also be highly irritating and become infected. The bites may result in your pet being infected with Hepatozoonosis, Anaplasmosis, Bartonellosis, Ehrlichiosis, or Babesiosis. Flea and tick prevention keep these pests at bay to protect the health of your furry friend.
Getting Flea and Tick Prevention
There are many effective medications on the market for keeping fleas and ticks away from pets. Our veterinarian will prescribe the one that is best for your pet. This can be administered by a pill or, as is often preferred, in a chewable tablet. Most flea and tick preventative medications will last at least a few months with some lasting as long as six months to a year.
Get Flea and Tick Preventative Medication in Paducah, KY
Your pet deserves the best chance at a happy and healthy life. If your cat or dog is not yet on a flea or tick prevention product and you live in or around Paducah, contact our team at Paducah Veterinary Clinic to schedule an appointment with Dr. Everett. Call our team today at (270) 443-8835 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.