When you have a cat or dog, there is the possibility of it suffering from a flea or tick infestation. These can be serious situations in which the pet's health is greatly affected. Every pet needs both flea prevention and tick prevention to protect its health from these parasites. If your pet isn't on a flea and tick treatment, give us a call at our Los Gatos veterinarian office to make an appointment with our veterinarian.
Getting your pet onto flea prevention medication is extremely important. Fleas carry several diseases, and they can adversely affect the health of your pet. Fleas can spread murine typhus, cat scratch disease, plague, and more. In addition to the diseases that they carry, they can also spread tapeworms. Flea bites are also highly allergenic, leaving your pet itchy, sick, and in pain. Allergic dermatitis is common for pets who have been bitten by fleas. Good flea prevention medications can keep your pet free of parasites and the diseases they carry.
Tick prevention medication is also necessary for safeguarding the health of your pet. Ticks attach themselves to the skin of pets and continually drink from them. This keeps them in contact with your pet's bloodstream for days and potentially even longer. This allows them to spread bacteria to your pet and give them several diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tick paralysis, and Lyme disease, among others.
These diseases can seriously impact the health of your pet, and in the worst cases, they can be deadly. A tick prevention medication keeps ticks from locking onto the skin of your pet and infecting them with diseases. Quality flea and tick medication is easy for owners to administer to their pets. There are a number of these medications that are chewable and last for a month or longer. There are even injections that last for a full year.
Contact Our Veterinarian in Los Gatos for Flea and Tick Treatment
If your pet is already infested, they may need treatment before their get their medication. This may involve flea and tick shampoo, sprays, and other means to remove these parasites. If your pet needs treatment or prevention in Los Gatos, contact Summit Veterinary Hospital today. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (408) 353-1113.