Fleas and Ticks

puppy ticksWhen it comes to fleas and ticks an ounce of prevention is worth tons of cure. You probably have lots of questions about fleas and flea infestations, like how to protect your family from a harmful attack, what type of disease fleas spread an so on.

We have some answers for some of the more important questions that pet parents ask about fleas:

What are some common external parasites that can be found on pets?

The most common external parasite that attack pets and cause irritation are fleas and ticks. These external parasites not only cause you pet lost of discomfort, they also pose of risk of transmitting diseases to humans.

Another common parasite that most pet parents are familiar with is heartworm. Heartworms can not be transmitted to humans, but when left untreated ; the disease is deadly in dogs and fatal in cats.

Other harmful parasites, less known to pet parents are tapeworms, hookworms, redworms, roundworms and whipworms.

Why are these pests such a BIG concern?

These pests are can transmit ZOONOTIC diseases. A zoonotic disease is a disease that can be spread from our pets or animals to humans and vice versa.

  • Fleas and ticks cause various diseases including skin infections, flea dermatitis and lyme disease.
  • Heartworms attack the heart and lungs, and when ignored are fatal for cats and dogs.
  • The different intestinal worms, which are dangerous

These disease are 100% preventable. Parasite prevention is the first step to protecting your family from zoonotic diseases.

Can fleas and ticks really transmit disease to my family?

Yes. These parasites can carry and transmit severe diseases to humans. Fleas transmit potential illness to humans and serve as a carrier host of tapeworms, which infect both pets and humans. Ticks can spread serious disease such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and others.

Scary yet impressive facts about fleas:

  • Flea larvae can stay alive indoors in a semi-dormant state throughout the coldest months. Preventing fleas from entering your life in the first place may seem like a daunting task, but is nothing compared to getting rid of them and wondering if they’re around somewhere.
  • Eggs can be deposited around the house (carpeting, furniture, etc.) at a rate of 100 per day.
  • Fleas can jump 100 times their own height.

What are some different ways to protect my family from parasitic infection?

  1. Talk to your vet about the best control of internal and external parasites. Our veterinarians can offer several options to help protect your pet and your family from parasites.
  2. Administer necessary flea and tick treatment to your pets.
  3. Proper disposing of pet feces regularly can help remove infected worms and worm eggs before they get distributed into the environment and get ingested by pets or humans and infect them.
  4. Pay extra attention to disinfect areas such as sand boxes and other place like this in your yard, where your kids and pets regularly go.
  5. Restrict your pets and children from visiting certain outdoor areas with contaminated soil.
  6. In your yard, keep the grass cut short.
  7. After returning from the woods, yard, beach, or       play area check for fleas and ticks on your pets.
  8. Encourage all members of your family to practice good personal hygiene and prevent exposure to contaminated areas

Call us today to schedule an appointment to learn more about flea and tick prevention for your pet.