Owning a pet is a wonderful experience, but it also comes with a lot of responsibility. Although fleas and ticks are uncommon in this area, one of the things you need to be aware of is flea and ticks. These parasites are more than just a nuisance since they can transmit diseases to both you and your pet. Have you seen fleas or ticks on your pet? Talk to our team at Redlands Pet Clinic in Grand Junction, CO. Dr. Bob can recommend effective tips and products to eliminate this problem. We understand the importance of parasite prevention to keep your pet safe and healthy.
If you take your pet on trips, especially out of state, or if you have visitors from out of state who bring their pets with them, you pet is more likely to pick up fleas and/or ticks. If your pet is outside a lot, it is more likely to pick up rodent fleas from animals such as rabbits, chipmunks and squirrels or pick stick tight fleas from dead birds. Otherwise, dog and cat fleas are very rare around here. Ticks are seen on occasion, but the infestation is usually minimal. Another possibility for fleas and/or ticks is if you adopt a pet that came from another state.
The Importance of Flea and Tick Prevention
One of the most crucial reasons why pet owners should be keen on parasite prevention is that it ensures comfort and less stress for their animal companions. Fleas and ticks can be a nuisance, and they can cause severe itching and scratching. This can make your pet uncomfortable and agitated, leading to a reduced quality of life. It can also make your pet stressed.
Additionally, fleas and ticks can transmit diseases to both pets and people. For example, Lyme disease, which is not seen in Colorado, is caused by ticks and can be fatal if left untreated. Fleas can transmit a certain species of tapeworms when eaten by your dog, which is also dangerous to your pet's health. Some other diseases transmitted by fleas are Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, and anaplasmosis.
Preventing flea and tick infestations should be a top priority for all pet owners. Fleas, ticks, and other parasites can cause a lot of trouble for you and your pets. That is why it is so important to practice good preventive measures, such as using effective products and following the recommendations of our veterinarian.
What to Do at Home to Prevent Fleas and Ticks
- Keep your pet clean - Regular baths and grooming can help combat fleas and ticks by removing them from your pet's body. Your pet’s sleeping area should also be regularly cleaned.
- Be vigilant for signs of flea and tick infestations - Check your pet's skin and fur for fleas and ticks. By catching any infestations early, you can prevent them from becoming worse.
- Use effective flea and tick products - There are several products on the market designed to prevent fleas and ticks. Visit our veterinary clinic to determine what is best for your pet.
Contact Redlands Pet Clinic in Grand Junction, CO
Our vet clinic offers a wide range of services, including parasite prevention, to keep your pet healthy and happy for years to come. Call our team today at (970) 245-4060 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bob for flea and tick prevention.