The Seasonal Alarm Clock: Protecting Pets From Fleas and Ticks

 

Dog FleasIs Brodhead Creek Park calling your name?

Like most Stroudsburg residents you may be itching to get outside, but while we’re all enjoying the spring weather, some pretty terrible parasites are waking up from a long winter’s nap.

Although it’s important to keep up a year round prevention schedule, protecting pets from fleas and ticks is critical during the spring and summer months.

A Critical Juncture

Most pet owners understand that parasites should be avoided at all costs, but the reasons for this go far beyond the pesky, irritating nature of fleas and ticks. Both have the propensity to carry and spread disease, making prevention your best bet of all.

Fortunately, the days of damaging, messy sprays, flea bombs, and powders are over. Instead, protecting pets from fleas and ticks is more effective via topical medications. We’ll work together on your pet’s preventative health to ensure your pet is getting the right dose and the correct product.

Tick Basics

Quite possibly the most nefarious pet parasite is the tick. Responsible for spreading Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and ehrlichiosis, it’s crucial to inspect your pet’s paws, body, and ears after spending any time outside (even in your own backyard). This can be an undertaking, as ticks can be as small as a pinhead. Plus, removing a tick is not as simple as it seems; done incorrectly, your pet could develop an infection or worse.

We recommend the Lyme disease vaccination for dogs, but it doesn’t protect against the other disease ticks carry. The bottom line? You guessed it: prevention!

Flea Fundamentals

Flea allergy dermatitis is the most common skin disorder in pets. A single bite from a flea can set off a tornado of ill-effects, such as unending itching, irritation, and secondary bacterial infections.

Even if your dog or cat is not considered allergic, he or she can be infected with tapeworm via the flea,, cat scratch disease, and plague (yup, that plague). And worse still? A few fleas can quickly multiply into a full-fledged infestation in your carpeting, upholstery, bedding, and pet!

Protecting Pets From Fleas and Ticks

Beyond your pet’s year-round preventive, it’s a great idea to keep your property free of weeds, brush, and rubbish that easily harbor parasites. While fleas successfully bounce from place to place, and host to host, ticks lay in wait for prey to walk by. Protect yourself by wearing long pants and sleeves along with closed-toe shoes and a hat.

Enjoy the Weather!

With a healthy dose of preparation and prevention (not to mention paranoia), you can join us in protecting pets from fleas and ticks this year. Our veterinarians and staff are always happy to help you and your pet. Please contact us with any questions and concerns and, above all, enjoy the spring with your pet!