Pet owners know how uncomfortable fleas and ticks can make their pets, but they often don't know about the many terrible diseases that these parasites can spread. If your pet has been bothered by these pests or you want to make sure that they never are, call our veterinarians at Oakes, Edgeley, and Ellendale Veterinary Services for a full health examination.
Flea bites are quite itchy and irritating to pets. However, that is not the biggest problem that can develop from flea bites. These bites can spread a number of serious diseases, including flea-borne typhus, tapeworms, tungiasis, bartonellosis, and even plague. Different types of fleas can spread different diseases, and none of those diseases are benign.
Another serious situation that can develop is that pets often have allergic reactions to flea bites. These reactions can be debilitating and can lead to further symptoms and medical conditions. If you do not want your pet attacked by these pests, you need to have flea and tick prevention in place.
For many pets, tick bites can be just as bad or even worse than flea bites. While most pets are not allergic to them, your pets can pick up potentially deadly diseases from ticks. Diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever are common in ticks, and they can result in your pet becoming seriously, or even fatally ill. The bite areas can also become infected which can lead to a blood infection in your pet. To prevent these problems, check your pet for ticks regularly, and put your pet on flea and tick prevention.
Many effective flea and tick prevention medications are on the market today. Some of them have to be taken every month while others last longer between doses. These medications that are provided by our veterinarians can keep your pet free of these parasites to prevent infections, allergic reactions, and diseases. Parasite prevention should be part of every pet's routine to stay as fit and healthy as possible.
Local Flea and Tick Prevention
If you are new to the area or a new pet owner, call Oakes, Edgeley, and Ellendale Veterinary Services today at (701) 742-2486 to schedule an appointment for a check-up. We will provide a thorough examination and suggest an appropriate flea and tick prevention method that best suits your furry friend. We are here to help keep your pets happy and healthy for years to come.