Protecting Your Pets from Fleas and Ticks
Fleas and ticks are an annoying problem for pets and the humans who care for them! There are a number of serious conditions these parasites can transmit to our pets. In Mesa, it's always best to practice parasite prevention with the help of our veterinarians at Power Road Animal Hospital. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Fleas and Ticks Are More Than Annoying
Fleas and ticks can cause a range of health complications. Fleas are well known for their high jumps and their itchy bites. However, they pose even more of a danger than causing itchiness. Many pets are allergic to their bites, and these bites can cause unpleasant reactions, such as excessive scratching, inflammation, sores, and hair loss. These issues can lead to wounds and infections if left untreated. Fleas can even transmit the larvae of tapeworms. These worms grow in the intestines, and wreak havoc by causing weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. Tapeworms are zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted from our pets to us! Ticks can bring about even more pressing problems in your pet. A tick bite can infect your pet with Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, or other tick-borne diseases. These diseases can cause everything from vomiting to bloody diarrhea and joint pain. To prevent any of these severe diseases from taking hold of your pet, it's important to practice parasite prevention and visit a veterinarian for regular checkups.
There are oral and topical preventative medications that can keep your pet free from fleas and ticks. Another good way to ward off these parasites is to keep the grass short and remove weeds from your yard.
Come to Us for Parasite Prevention
Parasite prevention makes a difference in the health and quality of life of your pet. If you're in Mesa, come and see our veterinarians at Power Road Animal Hospital for flea and tick preventatives that keep these pests at bay. Visit our website or call us at (480) 641-4141 for recommendations or for more information about parasite prevention.