Fleas and ticks are parasites that can become a nuisance for your pets, transferring diseases and causing discomfort. Flea and tick prevention is the best treatment to protect your pets from these nasty parasites. A veterinarian can help determine which method of prevention or treatment to use based on your pet’s age, breed, and medical history. The vets at Callahan Drive Animal Hospital in Knoxville, TN, can help treat your pets and keep them flea and tick-free. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions our office receives about flea and tick prevention:
How do dogs pick up fleas and ticks?
Though many insects are affected by the seasons, fleas and ticks can survive all year long, posing potential health risks for pets. Though dogs and cats risk getting fleas or ticks, dogs are more likely to pick up these parasites because they spend more time outdoors than cats. Dogs can pick up fleas and ticks by walking through long grass, rolling around in the grass, and walking through wooded areas.
How did my pet and my home become infested?
Your pets are a food source for fleas and ticks, and once a flea gets on your pet, it will remain there until it dies naturally or is killed by a flea treatment product. Fleas and ticks will eventually produce eggs while feeding from the pet and go through various life stages, ultimately resulting in an infestation. Without treatment, fleas and ticks can get out of control, causing your pet all types of health problems.
What are the health risks associated with flea and tick infestations?
If left untreated, fleas and ticks can cause various health problems for your pet, including skin irritation and infection. It is also common for pets with fleas or ticks to have rashes, inflamed skin, scabs, and scales. Additionally, fleas and ticks can transmit diseases and illnesses to your dog and may cause psychological issues from the consistent scratching and discomfort.
Discuss Flea and Tick Prevention with Our Veterinarian
When your pets come in contact with fleas or ticks, you want them protected as much as possible using different treatment and prevention options. Speak with your veterinarian to learn more about flea and tick prevention methods to protect your pets and family. The vets at Callahan Drive Animal Hospital in Knoxville, TN, can help keep your pets happy, healthy, and flea and tick-free. Call us today at (865) 938-0243 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.