Parasites are small critters that can infect your pet and in many cases cause life-long health changes. Cats and dogs can become infected with different types of worms, fleas, ticks, mange mites, and more. To keep your cherished companion safe we offer a year-round prevention plan that is extremely effective against all parasites.
Is flea or tick prevention necessary in the winter?
Yes. Although some parasites are dormant in the winter your pet is still at risk. For instance, certain species of fleas and ticks can live and remain active during winter. These insects can become active on warm days and infect cats and dogs. Bear in mind that fleas and ticks can survive in warm areas such as barns, sheds, and dog houses. A veterinarian will also recommend prevention if the patient travels to regions that have year-round active fleas and ticks.
What are signs that my pet is infected with parasites?
- Itching and scratching
- Joint swelling
- Red or swollen skin
- Bald patches
- Large skin tags
Please schedule an appointment for your pet if you notice these signs. Call us at 705-431-5570.
What diseases can cats and dogs develop from fleas and ticks?
Many humans are aware that ticks can transmit Lyme disease to themselves and their pets. Fleas can also spread diseases and other parasites. Bacterial diseases such as mycoplasma, rickettsia, tularemia, and bartonella are some of the illnesses they can spread. They can also cause dermatitis, spread tapeworms, and result in anemia since they are blood-feeders.