Fleas are a nuisance for your pet and could possibly cause heartworms. Ticks, on the other hand, may not be a nuisance, but they can cause diseases, such as Lyme disease. Ideally, you want to prevent the illnesses before they start by preventing the parasites using flea and tick prevention methods, which could begin with visiting a vet on our team at Bay Road Animal Hospital, serving Sarasota, FL, and the surrounding region.
Dangers of Fleas and Ticks
Fleas can cause your pet to itch from irritation from the saliva in the pest's mouth. If your pet continuously itches, an infection could arise in the broken skin. A severe infestation of fleas could disrupt your pet's sleep or cause your pet to have anemia.
If a flea is infected with heartworm and your pet ingests that parasite, your pet could develop heartworms. This issue can be fatal in dogs or cats, and there isn't a safe treatment known for cats as of now.
A tick isn't always a danger to a cat or dog, but one infected with Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, or Rocky Mountain spotted fever could cause disease in your pet. In the early stages, certain tick-borne illnesses may not cause any symptoms in your pet. However, when lifted untreated, your pet may develop complications.
Prevention Is the Best Medicine
Prevention is truly the best medicine when it comes to preventing complications from ticks and fleas. It can save you the hassle of vet visits and the surprise expense of a possibly dangerous illness. It also ensures your pet lives a happy, healthy life. Not to mention, it can prevent you from the expense and frustration of trying to rid your home of fleas, which can bite you and your family. You can get flea and tick prevention with a veterinarian at our animal hospital.
Flea and Tick Prevention
A vet on our team can offer you a variety of prevention options for fleas and ticks, including pills, spot-on treatments, and collars. A veterinarian on our team can help explain the benefits and risks of each to help you decide. In some cases, your pet's breed may be more likely to have a reaction. A vet at our animal hospital can alert you of this and help you select from another option. He or she will educate you about the schedule to ensure you keep up with administering the treatment.
Contact Us for Flea and Tick Prevention from a Veterinarian on Our Team
A veterinarian with us at Bay Road Animal Hospital, serving Sarasota, FL, can help prevent you from a flea infestation and keep your pet protected against the disease fleas and ticks can bring along with them, as well as the frustration fleas’ cause. Call us at (941) 366-2275 for our Bay Road West location or (941) 378-1236 for our Honore and 17th Location.