Our Veterinary Hospital in Clifton Can Help Prevent Flea and Tick Infestations
The image of a dog or cat scratching away at fleas or ticks has become so familiar that it may not cause any alarm in pet owners, but it should. These pests don't just cause discomfort, they also spread diseases that can create some serious health problems for your beloved pet. If you want to keep your pet safe, healthy, and happy, contact Valley Animal Hospital in Clifton for ongoing flea and tick prevention.
The Dangers Posed by Fleas and Ticks
Fleas and ticks are parasites, creatures that live off of a host organism and in this case, your pet. They bite the host animals' skin, drinking their blood for sustenance. The skin typically reacts to these bites with the symptoms of contact dermatitis. This reaction is what causes the classic itching and compulsion to scratch, lick, or bite the affected area. Eventually the skin may become damaged, allowing bacteria to infect the open wound.
The bites of fleas and ticks also inject germs directly into your pet's bloodstream. Ticks are notorious for transmitting Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and other dangerous diseases. Fleas are most famous for transmitting bubonic plague, but they can also transmit cat scratch fever, haemobartonellosis (a blood disease), and tapeworm infestations.
How Our Veterinarians Can Help
Our veterinarians here at Valley Animal Hospital can treat flea or tick infestations. If your pet is already infested, you will need to bring your pet to our veterinary hospital as soon as possible for treatment. The smartest strategy is to prevent these pests from taking hold on your pet in the first place. We can put your pet on a regular preventative medicine routine that kills fleas and ticks (and in some cases, the mites that cause sarcoptic mange) at various stages of their life cycle. Most of these medications need to be given every month, either topically or by mouth. Some pets may benefit from flea and tick collars that work for longer periods, although these, too, need to be changed on a regular basis to ensure constant protection.
Schedule Preventative Care at Valley Animal Hospital
Your pet deserves a long and healthy life, free from the misery and disease caused by fleas and ticks. Call our veterinary team at Valley Animal Hospital in Clifton today at (973) 509-5225 and schedule an appointment so that we can give your pet the protection he or she needs!