Fleas, ticks, and heartworms are three of the most common, and preventable, invasive species that can carry disease and cause serious harm to your Aliso Viejo CA pets. Flea prevention and tick prevention help dogs and cats from passing those diseases onto other animals and your family. Heartworm prevention keeps animals protected from a serious, life-threatening parasite.
Here are a few of the key reasons why flea prevention is important to protect your pets.
Lots of dogs and cats are allergic to flea saliva. When bitten by a flea, the animal can experience severe skin irritation. This discomfort leads to excessive scratching and biting which can leave skin raw and vulnerable to infection and hair loss. Flea prevention helps keep the itching away.
Flea and tick prevention helps protect pets from tapeworm infestations. Tapeworms attach themselves to your animal’s intestine, lingering and depriving the pet of nutrition. Pills, ointments, and shampoos help protect against these deadly parasites.
Fleas and ticks alike can carry a host of diseases that can be serious to your pet’s health and well-being. Ticks can carry Ehrlichia, a bacterial infection, Rocky Mounted spotted fever and Lyme disease. Fortunately, tick and flea prevention is effective at reducing these threats and is easy to administer.
Mosquitos can be just as much a nuisance to pets as to humans. Mosquitos can carry heartworms, which are a very dangerous infestation. The heartworm parasite puts considerable strain on a pet’s heart by restricting blood flow throughout the body, which can damage other organs. If untreated, heartworm can be fatal.
Some pets can be particular about certain types of tick and flea treatment, but fortunately, there are many options available to pet owners. There are tablets and collars and lotion options that work effectively. For ticks, there is a spot-on treatment, which is a drop of liquid placed on the skin on the back of a dog’s neck and can prevent ticks for up to a month at a time.
Many of these parasites are around all year. And in some cases, multiple treatments are necessary to ensure your Aliso Viejo CA is properly protected.
Pest prevention and heartworm prevention are affordable steps pet owners can take to protect four-legged friends. These treatments are far less expensive than the costs of diagnosing and treating your animal if it contracts an illness or condition as a result of the actions of parasitic problems.
At Alicia Pacific Veterinary Center, we work closely with pet owners to protect dogs, cats and other animals from fleas, ticks, and other parasites. In some cases, these pests can jump to humans, causing some of the same unpleasantness.
Our parasite prevention is highly effective and should be an important part of your veterinary care for your dog or cat. Contact us today to discuss your tick and flea prevention.