Flea & Tick Prevention: Keeping Your Pets Safe from Fleas & Ticks
Fleas and ticks are responsible for several diseases in pets as well as humans. For example, some types of fleas may harbor tapeworm larvae, which matures into adult tapeworms in the intestines of pets and humans and some types of ticks can transmit bacteria that cause Lyme disease in pets and humans. As a pet owner, ensuring your pet is getting the best care possible includes parasite prevention. The best approach to managing fleas and ticks on your pet and in your Winnipeg is prevention, but even an existing flea problem can be controlled as long as visit your veterinarian for treatment options for your pet and your home.
Fleas and Treatment
Fleas are wingless, blood-sucking parasites that feed on dogs, cats, humans and other animal species. There are several different types of fleas that can attach themselves to your pet, but the primary culprit is the common flea. Fleas thrive in warmth and humidity and their lifespan goes from egg to adult; however, only adult fleas bite their host. Adult fleas that are feeding on your pet can survive up to 100 days, but simply killing the adult fleas don’t stop the cycle because immature fleas will eventually infect the environment (host). The only way to completely eradicate a flea infestation is with veterinarian recommended topical or oral parasite prevention medications.
How Do Ticks Attach to Pets?
Ticks can cause several health problems for cats and dogs, including fatal diseases, such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain fever, and hepatozoonosis. Ticks sense body heat, odors, and moisture, which is how they locate their hosts. Once ticks have attached themselves to your pet, they insert a barbed feeding tube from their mouth and secrete a cement-like substance which helps them stay attached.
Along with using with using parasite prevention methods recommended by your veterinarian in Winnipeg, there are some things you can also do to help prevent these parasites from infecting your pet. For example, routinely bathing, keeping the grass mowed and checking your pet's skin frequently. Fleas and ticks should be treated immediately, but check with your vet first to make sure you are using a good quality medicine with the right dosage.
Contact Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital Today
To learn more about parasite prevention, contact Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Centre. Our staff can provide pet wellness exams to keep your pet feeling their best.