Summer Parasites

summer parasites This is the time of year when summer parasites can cause problems for your pet.   Whether your pet stays inside all day, or goes outside, they will encounter the potential to get parasites.  Common bugs like fleas, ticks and mosquitoes carry the parasites and all it takes is one bite.  Your Veterinarian in Richmond can help you keep parasites under control during the peak season of summer and fall.

Fleas

Fleas pose a problem for pets.  Even a mild infestation can cause severe problems for a pet that is allergic to its bite.  Flea allergy dermatitis is one of the leading skin problems a Richmond veterinarian will treat. Just a few fleas can cause irritation and itching for days.  Besides allergies, fleas can transmit tapeworms to your pet and tapeworms can cause other problems.  It is easy to prevent fleas from affecting your pet.  There are many topical and oral flea prevention medicines available and your veterinarian in Richmond can help you choose the right one.

Ticks

There are a number of diseases associated with ticks. Ehrlichia is the most common.  It is caused by a rickettsial organism and is characterized by anemia, low platelet counts, bleeding, fever, lethargy, neurologic disease and multiple leg arthritis.  There is also Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme disease, as well as less commonly known diseases.    There are some flea prevention medicines that prevent ticks as well.  If you live in an area that is prone to ticks, having the right medicine for fleas can help prevent ticks too.  You can also treat your yard to help keep the tick population down.

Mosquitoes

We are all aware of some of the dangerous diseases mosquitoes carry.  West Nile Virus is one of the many virus associated with the mosquito.   Although heartworm is more of a problem for dogs than cats, in areas where heartworm is prolific, it can be more of a problem for cats than was once realized.  Your veterinarian in Richmond can advise you on the different ways you can protect your pet from heartworm or if he considers it a threat in your area.

Protecting Against Summer Parasites

When it comes to preventing parasites in pets, your veterinarian in Richmond can help you determine the best medicine to meet your needs.  This is based on how many pets you have, if your pet has allergies, and if there is an infestation.  Pet protection comes in many forms including popular topical treatment that you apply to the back of your pet’s neck.  Your veterinarian can also check your pet to determine if they have worms or need additional treatment for parasites.  If you have any questions about summer parasites, call Advanced Animal Care and they will be happy to help you.

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