Pets are vulnerable to many parasites including fleas and ticks. All pets need to be on flea and tick prevention medication so that they are protected from these pests. To get these medications, your pet first needs a health exam from a veterinarian. If your pet isn't on preventative medication, call our Statesboro, GA, office to schedule an appointment.
Pets and Fleas
Just one flea can cause a large infestation in your pet's fur because these insects reproduce so quickly. The bites also multiply quickly, and this can lead to anemia in your pet from the blood loss. The bites frequently cause allergic reactions that can range from itchy skin to larger reactions that put your pet's health in danger. The bites can also give your pet several bacterial diseases from murine typhus to cat-scratch disease. Fleas can also transmit tapeworms to pets. Preventing flea bites is an important proactive action you can take with the help of flea and tick prevention medications.
Pets and Ticks
Tick bites can also cause several health problems in your pet. When ticks bite, they attach themselves to your pet and keep the bite open so that they are constantly in contact with your pet's bloodstream. This allows them to pass several bacterial infections on to pets. These include Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, and babesiosis. Many of the diseases spread by ticks have severe symptoms that can cause dehydration and even death. Ticks can be incredibly dangerous to pets, and they can attack even pets that are indoors. No pet should be without a flea and tick prevention method to keep them safe from these parasites.
Flea and Tick Medications
Today's parasite prevention medications are made to be highly effective as well as convenient to use. One dose of these medications can last anywhere from a month to one year. Most of the medications are flavored tablets that pets are happy to take. There are also injections available that give your pet long-term protection. Your veterinarian will know the best type for your pet to take.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian in Statesboro, GA
To make sure that your pet is in good health to take these medications, and to determine which type your pet needs, you need to bring your pet to the veterinarian for an exam. Call us today at (912) 489-1998 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinariain.