Parasite Prevention

Pet Health Hazards Of Fleas And Ticks

Dog scratching Fleas and ticks carry diseases that can cause serious harm to your pet. The most common problem associated with fleas is flea allergy dermatitis, which causes excessive itching, skin inflammation, sores and hair loss. The second most common problem associated with fleas is tapeworms. Fleas can carry tapeworm eggs, and when the flea bites your pet, the egg can be deposited under your pet’s skin, causing a tapeworm infestation.

Ticks are known to carry many different types of bacteria that can cause zoonosis, rocky mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease. Lyme disease causes lethargy, pain in your pets joints and a decrease in appetite. Rocky Mountain spotted fever can cause skin lesions, vomiting, problems with your pet’s nervous system and depression. Zoonosis is known for causing bloody diarrhea, fevers, runny noses and watering eyes.

For pets who are small or advanced in age, a severe flea infestation can cause anemia, which is characterized by rapid breathing, lack of appetite and excessive sleeping. If you suspect your pet has anemia due to fleas, it is an emergency situation.

Flea and Heartworm Prevention Medication Available

Please keep in mind since these medications are prescribed by the doctor, your pet will have to have an up to date wellness exam on file and a current Heartworm test for our canine friends. Below are the preventatives we carry in hospital. If you do not see your favorite prevention listed below, please do not hesitate to ask our doctors about writing a prescription so you can purchase from your favorite pharmacy!

For Dogs:

  • Nexgard: flavored tablet (fleas, ticks)
  • Heartgard: flavored tablet (heartworms, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms)
  • Simparica: flavored tablet (fleas, ticks)
  • Simparica Trio: chewable tablet (fleas,  ticks, heartworms, roundworms, hookworms)
  • Frontline Gold: topical (fleas, ticks)

For Cats:

  • Revolution Plus: topical (fleas, heartworms, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms)
  • Frontline Gold: topical (fleas, ticks)

For more information on flea and tick prevention, please call us at (714) 730-1442 today.


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