During days with mild temperatures, we tend to stay out with our pets for long walks to enjoy the lovely weather. Unfortunately, external parasites like fleas and ticks also enjoy warmer days. It is important to use preventative treatment to protect your loyal companion from such parasites in warmer and colder weather. Practicing year-round parasite prevention and control can protect your pet from fatal diseases caused by harmful pests. To know more about parasite prevention and control, feel free to call us at 519-683-4508.
Do fleas and ticks harm cats?
Fleas can transmit tapeworms to cats and cause more severe infestations, leading to anemia and severe skin conditions. Heavy infestations of fleas can be life-threatening to kittens or senior cats. Ticks can transmit several parasitic blood diseases, which are hard to detect in cats.
How can I tell if my dog has fleas or ticks?
We recommend checking your dog weekly for the presence of flea dirt, a by-product of fleas feasting on your dog. This can appear as small black specks on the skin, often in areas like the abdomen, neck, chin, and hinds. Brushing your pet with a comb/brush can detect the evidence of ticks, which can appear similar to skin tags and small dime-sized lumps. If you believe you have found a tick or flea on your pet, contact us today to book an appointment with our medical staff for preventative care.
How can I prevent fleas and ticks on my dog?
To prevent fleas and ticks, it is recommended to use a monthly preventative product. These come in many forms, such as topical medication or chewable tablets. Our medical staff can discuss which prevention route is best suited for your dog.