Fleas and ticks live by drinking your pet's blood and can introduce several diseases to your pet as they do so. Flea and tick prevention from a veterinarian is extremely important for protecting your pet's overall health. So many health problems can be introduced by these pests that it can be dangerous to leave them without protection. When you need flea and tick prevention for your pet, call our Indianapolis, IN, office to make a health exam appointment.
Fleas and Pets
When a pet has fleas, it can cause them a lot of pain and frustration. These parasites multiply quickly, so pets often end up with serious infestations. Flea bites often cause anemia in pets. The bites also cause allergic reactions in many pets, as the saliva of fleas is highly allergenic. This can cause everything from an itchy rash to serious health side effects. When pets are bitten by fleas, they can get so itchy that they bite and scratch at the bites, and this can cause them to swallow fleas as well as get infected bites. Swallowing fleas can give pets tapeworms. Flea and tick prevention is necessary for all pets to protect them from these serious health effects that flea bites can cause.
Ticks and Pets
Ticks are carriers of many types of bacteria, and they can then place that bacteria directly into the bloodstream of your pet when they bite. Everything from Rocky Mountain spotted fever to anaplasmosis to Lyme disease can be caused by tick bites. They can cause tick paralysis in pets, and the diseases they spread can cause severe dehydration. Some of the diseases spread by ticks can be fatal. Every pet that is healthy enough for flea and tick prevention medication, and old enough to be on it, should be on this medication to protect them from serious diseases.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian for Flea and Tick Prevention in Indianapolis, IN
Cats and dogs need flea and tick prevention medication to protect them against several serious conditions, reactions, and illnesses that can result from bites. If you're in Indianapolis, IN, call Avalon Animal Clinic today at (317) 842-4618 for more information or to schedule an appointment.