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Parasite Prevention FAQ's

Our Veterinarian in Edmonton Answers Frequently Asked Questions About Parasite Prevention

Fleas and ticks may seem like "natural" companions for animals, but you're right to be searching for ways to protect your pet against these parasites. Here are the answers to some frequently asked flea and tick prevention questions from our veterinarian in Edmonton.

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What Diseases Do Fleas and Ticks Spread?

Fleas are notorious for carrying a variety of serious diseases, which they then transfer to their hosts through bites. Examples include cat scratch fever, plague, and haemobartenollosis. They can also infest your pet with tapeworms. Ticks are equally notorious for transmitting Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis and other diseases.

How Do Fleas and Ticks Damage My Pet's Skin?

The irritation caused by flea and tick bites often cause a reaction called allergic dermatitis. This raises red, itchy lesions that your pet may feel compelled to lick, chew or rub. Eventually, the skin may become damaged, permitting germs to enter and cause infection.

What Flea and Tick Prevention Options Do You Offer at Your Animal Hospital?

Preventative medications are the easiest and wisest strategy to keep fleas and ticks away from your pet, as opposed to treating infestations which may have already caused health problems. Depending on your individual pet, we may suggest oral medications, topical preventatives, or flea and tick collars. Your pet may need more than one kind of preventative to ensure wide-spectrum protection.

How Frequently Do I Need to Administer Preventative Treatments?

Some preventative methods (such as collars) can last for several months at a time. Generally, however, you can expect to administer medication to your pet once a month without fail. Even a day's lapse could put your pet at risk of infestation.

How Can I Reduce the Threats From Fleas and Ticks Around the House?

Fleas and ticks can still annoy your pet -- and threaten your human family members -- unless you employ some preventive measures in and around the home. Keep your lawn and shrubbery neatly trimmed to deprive these pests of their hiding places. Vacuum carpets and upholstery thoroughly, and always keep a fresh bag in the vacuum cleaner. we will be happy to advise you on various good practices for keeping your pet pest-free for many years to come.

Make a Preventative Appointment at Our Edmonton Animal Hospital

If you're ready to put this information to good use for the sake of your favorite animal, it's time you made a pest prevention appointment at our Edmonton animal hospital. Call Hamptons Animal Hospital/Spay & Neuter Centre today at (780) 489-3203 so we can start

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