Your dog can become the host to many different parasites, including fleas and ticks. These parasites can cause a number of health complications. Luckily, there are measures that you can take to repel and exterminate fleas and ticks.
- Life Cycle of Fleas and Ticks- The flea is a wingless insect that leaps from host to host. A female flea lays eggs that can roll onto the ground, allowing fleas to easily spread to new areas. Young fleas feed on organic material such as dead insects and plants, while adult fleas feed on the blood of mammals and birds. Ticks are a type of arachnid that may feed on the blood of both warm- and cold-blooded animals. Female ticks may lay eggs on a host or on the ground. Young ticks find small hosts, and then detach to become adults and search for a new host. It is during this stage that most new tick infestations take place.
- Problems That Fleas and Ticks Cause- When feeding, a flea injects saliva under the skin of the host. This saliva often causes an allergic reaction, resulting in an itching sensation. Severe flea infestations can result in anemia and even death for small dogs, as well as rashes and hair loss. In addition, fleas can transmit tapeworms to dogs. Ticks can also cause severe blood loss and transmit a number of life-threatening diseases to dogs, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, and tularemia.
- Flea and Tick Treatment- You can prevent flea and tick infestations through the use of a monthly flea and tick control treatment. It is important to carefully follow all of the instructions on the labels of these products. If fleas or ticks infest your yard or house, then you may need to treat the area with a pesticide or have them professionally exterminated. You may also want to avoid bringing your dog to wooded areas where these parasites can typically be found.
At ABC Veterinary Group, we can provide you with flea and tick repellants. We can treat your dog for the problems that these parasites can cause. To learn more about fleas and ticks, call us today at (858) 278-1825.
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