As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to make sure that your furry friend is in good health. Part of that responsibility involves pest control. Insect infestation is a common experience for animals, with cats and dogs frequently having to contend with vector-borne diseases that come from ticks and fleas. At All Creatures Great and Small Animal Hospital, Dr. Mitrovic provides quality veterinary care in the form of flea and tick prevention. Let’s look at what you need to know about these parasitic invasions and how they are treated.
Fleas and Ticks: How an Infestation Develops
These insects like to jump from host to host, sucking on the blood of the animal. While fleas are wingless creatures, ticks will use their wings to fly around. Both parasites will latch onto an animal and bite into the skin. Fleas and ticks are similar in that they can carry diseases that pose a danger to pets.
An infection from a flea or a tick can spread, resulting in damaged tissue, organ failure, and even fatality in some extreme cases. In Lyme disease, the bacterial infection can spread to the heart, muscles, joints, or even the brain. To prevent a disease from developing, you will need to maintain grooming practices to protect your pet from harm.
Signs and Symptoms of a Pet's Infection
When searching for fleas, you should be on the lookout for rashes, redness, and excessive itchiness of the pet's skin. If the infestation is severe enough, you may be able to see the ticks or fleas attached to the animal's coat. Once a pet is infected by a parasite, the infection will manifest itself through symptoms such as lethargy, coughing, heavy breathing, and a decreased appetite.
Your cat or dog may have trouble moving around. If these symptoms last for longer than a few weeks, get in touch with your veterinarian for the proper veterinary care your pet needs. A qualified vet can perform an exam or a diagnostic screening to check your pet’s condition. We can then create a treatment plan to deal with an existing problem and prevent future issues from occurring.
Contact Our Veterinarian in Denville, NJ
At All Creatures Great and Small Animal Hospital, we provide veterinary services for pet owners in and around Denville. If you would like to learn more about pest prevention or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mitrovic, call our team today at (973) 625-3641 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.