Ticks and fleas are out! In fact, they have been out for weeks. These hitchhiking parasites will find their way onto your pet and into your home, hoping you were not ready for them.
These parasites can be zoonotic: an infectious disease that is transmitted between species (from animals to human or from humans to other animals). A few important zoonotic diseases include:
- Lyme Disease - The most common tick-borne illness in North America.
- Tapeworms - An intestinal parasite of the dog and cat; one kind, dipylidium caninum, requires ingestion of fleas to complete its life cycle.
- Cat Scratch Fever - A bacterial infection you can get from being scratched or bitten by a cat or kitten. The bacteria that causes cat scratch fever are found in fleas. They are passed onto cats through flea bites.
Does the thought of selecting flea and tick preventatives make you want to keep your pet in a bubble? Our veterinarians put much time and effort into selecting the safest and most effective products on the market. This market is always evolving with new products and it can become very confusing for pet owners to know what is best for their pets.
Your veterinarian or technicians know your pets and can help you make the best choices based on your pets' lifestyle. Just remember, it’s easier and more economical to prevent now than to treat down the road.
Badger Veterinary Hospital always has product available for our clients in our pharmacy, but if there is a certain product you prefer, then visit our online pharmacy.