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Posted on 04-09-2012
Is your pet's itching due to fleas or ticks? Thanks to our mild climate, fleas and ticks are a year-round problem for Austin pets. At our emergency animal hospitals, we strongly recommend that all pet owners choose a medicated flea and tick prevention. Topical applications are affordable, easy to apply, and offer your dog or cat protection against fleas and ticks for up to 30 days. Prevention is key to protecting your pet from a serious flea or tick problem
Don't think one or two fleas is a big deal? For every one flea you find on your pet, there's a whole generation of flea eggs just waiting to hatch. Fleas multiple quickly, which is why prompt treatment and prevention is so important. In addition to being a nuisance for pet owners, our after hours veterinarian says that fleas are also the number one allergen affecting dogs. At Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin, we have treated the effects of flea and tick infestations that could have been prevented.
Fleas can also transmit serious illnesses, including parasites, tape worms and "cat scratch disease". Many cats do not show symptoms of "cat scratch disease" (also known as bartonella), but if they do, cat symptoms may include fever, enlarged lymph nodes and eye inflammation. This is just one reason why flea prevention for both dogs and cats is so important!
Ticks, like fleas, can easily attach to a pet's skin and fur, spreading disease when they bite their host. Ticks are often found on tall blades of grass, so pet owners need to be especially vigilant when enjoying off-leash play with their dogs. While ticks are not as prevalent in central Texas as they once were, they remain a problem for pets and their owners. Ticks can carry spotted fever, tularemia and other diseases. To reduce the risk of disease transmission, we advise pet owners to check their pets daily for ticks. Prompt and proper removal is essential to preventing the transmission of illness.
Medicated tick and flea prevention is available from your regular veterinarian. If you notice cat or dogs symptoms indicative of a flea or tick problem, we recommend contacting your veterinarian right away.
What steps do you take to protect your pet against fleas and ticks?
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