Fleas and ticks are more than just a nuisance. They can make your pet extremely uncomfortable and cause several different types of illnesses. Lake Forest Animal Clinic can evaluate your pet to determine the best type of preventative medication.
Pet Health Hazards Of Fleas And Ticks
Fleas and ticks carry diseases that can cause serious harm to your pet. The most common problem associated with fleas is flea allergy dermatitis, which causes excessive itching, skin inflammation, sores and hair loss. The second most common problem associated with fleas is tapeworms. Tapeworms are an intestinal parasite, which are most commonly noted to look like a grain of rice.
Ticks are known to carry many different types of zoonotic bacteria that can cause rocky mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease.
For pets who are small or advanced in age, a severe flea infestation can cause anemia, which is characterized by rapid breathing, lack of appetite and excessive sleeping. If you suspect your pet has anemia due to fleas, it is an emergency situation.
Types Of Flea Prevention Medication Available
When it comes to preventing fleas and ticks, there are several different types of medications available, including oral tablets, and spot-on treatments. Our team is here to help you select the best preventative for your pet
For more information on our flea and tick prevention services or to schedule another type of service, like your pet’s yearly wellness examination, call us at (251) 625-1950 today.