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Does Your Pet Have Fleas?

Pet Medical Center 300x250 DVMFor every one flea you see, there are at least 10 in your house. Fleas can survive on your pet and inside your house anywhere during the colder months. Even if your pet is clean, it can pick up fleas at any time no matter where you are. Fleas will come back if you do not continue to treat and prevent them year round. Some pets are more sensitive to fleas than others, so if you only treat the pet that is scratching, it is likely to be re-infested by other pets that also have fleas but aren’t giving you any itchy signals. Your backyard is constantly being visited by flea infested animals such as neighbor cats, raccoons, and opossums that spread fleas and flea eggs into your environment that you can bring inside to your pet. Compared to the cost of treating fleas and paying someone to decontaminate your home, monthly control is a low cost alternative.

Ticks and mosquitoes in North America infect dogs everyday with Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis, and Heartworm disease. Your dog can be exposed to these infections in almost any outdoor location where deer ticks, black-legged ticks, brown dog ticks and mosquitoes can be found.  Diagnosis can be difficult because signs aren’t often present.  However, we now carry a Heartworm test that also tests for these three tick diseases. To prevent your dog from getting infected, we offer a Lyme vaccination and topical products to help with the other diseases.  Ticks can also infect your cats with a disease called Cytauxzoonosis, more commonly known as “bobcat fever.” This disease can be fatal so we highly recommend using flea and tick products. For more information, go to www.dogsandticks.com or call our clinic today at (931) 393-2707.