Warm weather means beautiful blooms, short sleeve shirts and, unfortunately, the start of flea and tick season. Experts expect a severe season thanks to fluctuating weather patterns, so it’s important for pet parents to be well-informed about these parasites. Here are some key facts to promote this spring:
What are the common symptoms?
Signs of fleas for both dogs and cats include droppings (small, dark grains) in coats, flea eggs (minute, white grains), persistent scratching or licking, irritated skin, hair loss, scabs and pale gums.
Ticks, on the other hand, are visible to the naked eye. They can be found anywhere on a pet’s body, but are most common around the ears, head and feet.
What are the potential complications?
Untreated fleas or ticks can lead to significant blood loss or anemia over time. The lack of red blood cells can even be life-threatening for young dogs and cats. Ticks can also carry diseases, such as Lyme disease (a bacterial infection), which can cause serious health complications like kidney failure.
How can fleas and ticks be prevented?
One of the easiest ways to prevent fleas and ticks is to regularly comb and check pets’ bodies for parasites. It’s also important to keep yards well-maintained with frequent mowing and raking, so pests have fewer places to hide. Pet parents should also consult their vet about the best flea and tick control products, which are available in prescription and over-the-counter formulas.
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