When a pet gets an infestation of parasites like fleas or ticks, it can cause a variety of health problems. If your pet has either of these dangerous pests, it is time to call our veterinarian at Kindred Care Pet Hospital in Richmond to make an appointment for an examination.
Bites From Fleas and Ticks
Fleas and ticks drink the blood of their hosts. The bites from both of these pests can be highly irritating to the skin. If your pet has a tick, chances are that it has clamped down on the skin and is not letting go. This can lead to itchy areas that become red and irritated. These bites can also become infected. Flea bites cause a condition called allergic dermatitis. This can cause a variety of health problems in your pet as well as being incredibly itchy. Pets often scratch and bite at these areas so intensely that it creates multiple bloody wounds.
Diseases From Fleas and Ticks
It is not just discomfort and itching that fleas and ticks can cause in your pets. It is also a variety of diseases that are spread through the bites. These parasites have ongoing contact with the bloodstream of your pet, and this allows them to spread several types of bacteria. Fleas spread murine typhus, cat scratch disease, plague, and more. If a flea is eaten by your pet, it may become infected with a tapeworm. Ticks can spread serious diseases and conditions including anemia, Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Some of the diseases that are spread by fleas and ticks can even be fatal.
Fight Fleas and Ticks in Richmond, TX
These pests can greatly affect your pet's health, so it is best to prevent them in the first place. With flea and tick prevention treatments, you can keep your pet free of fleas and ticks. If your pet is not currently on a prescription for parasite prevention, call Dr. Fidelis at Kindred Care Pet Hospital today at 281-265-0009 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.