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Anytime pets are outside, they are vulnerable to infestation by fleas or ticks. Fleas wait in the grass and will hope a ride on any passing animal. When fleas are brought into your home, they can live in your carpeting, furniture, and bedding for months. Ticks attach themselves to your pet, causing a variety of health problems, including Lyme disease. A variety of products are available to prevent flea and tick problems, and your Loves Park veterinarian can help you find the right one for your pet’s needs.
Many pets develop allergies to fleabites that can cause intense itching and resulting skin infections. Fleas can also cause anemia from the constant biting and blood loss. Fleas sometimes also carry tapeworms, which are then transferred to your pet and can cause nutritional deficiency and weight loss. Ticks not only carry Lyme disease, but also Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis. Parasite prevention is the best way to protect your pets against illness and to prevent the need for expensive veterinary care.
A number of different topical treatments are available for flea and tick control. Sprays will kill existing fleas and will help to prevent new infestations, but they must be used regularly to be effective. Powders and dips are also available. Flea and tick collars are also available that are highly effective, but may be bulky and uncomfortable for some pets. Spot-on treatments are applied to the pet’s coat once each month to repel fleas and tick and may also work against mosquitoes.
More recently, oral medications that provide flea and tick prevention have become available. They are taken by mouth once a month for parasite prevention. Some medications only protect against fleas, while others protect against both fleas and ticks. In addition, the drugs also prevent internal parasites, such as hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms. Some medications will also prevent heartworms. Oral medications can be a good choice for pet owners who have busy schedules and may not have time to give their pets a number of different parasite prevention products.
The friendly staff at Animal Hospital of Loves Park know how important your pet is to you and your family. We provide the individualized attention for pets in Machesney Park, Rockford, Belvidere, Cherry Valley and surrounding areas, with a broad range of veterinary services for every stage of life. We can provide advice and information for your pet’s unique needs. Call Animal Hospital of Loves Park today at 815-986-4445 for an appointment to discuss the options for parasite prevention that will keep your pet happy and healthy.
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