Fleas and ticks are parasites that seek every opportunity to infest pets. Both cats and dogs are highly susceptible to bites from these pests, and they can contract serious diseases and conditions as a result of those bites. If you have trouble making the time to go to the veterinarian’s office, you can contact our at-home veterinarian in Pittsburgh to get flea and tick prevention medication and other veterinary care from MVS Pet Care – Pittsburgh.
Flea and Tick Bites
When fleas and ticks get close to a dog or cat, they latch onto the pet's skin and bite it to drink the pet's blood. These bites can introduce bacteria into the pet's bloodstream and cause serious diseases. Preventing flea and tick bites is an important way to protect the health of your pet. Parasite bites can lead to diseases and conditions such as anemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease. They can also cause dermatitis as well as allergic symptoms.
Fleas bites are particularly effective at causing serious allergic reactions. Sometimes, those reactions can be serious enough to threaten the life of a pet. Fleas also carry tapeworms and can transfer them to your pet if your pet eats a flea. This commonly happens as a pet uses his or her teeth to scratch at a bite and accidentally eats one or more fleas.
Flea and Tick Prevention
It is easy to keep fleas and ticks away from your pets, so it does not pay to have them go without protection and just hope for the best. Several different flea and tick prevention medications can last for months or longer. There are monthly chewable medications, pills that last longer, and even a shot that lasts for a full year.
If you have a cat or dog, it should be on some type of preventative medication to stay safe from parasites. These medications are highly effective at preventing infestations of both fleas and ticks. In addition, you should occasionally check your pet to make sure that there are no parasites on its skin or fur. A single bite can cause a lot of trouble for your furry friend.
Veterinary Care From Our Mobile Vet in Pittsburgh
If your pet needs flea and tick prevention, call MVS Pet Care – Pittsburgh today at (866) 838-2738 (Vet2Pet) to make your pet's appointment with our at-home veterinarian. After a health exam, your pet will likely be able to start one of these medications.