If you have a cat or a dog, you may know just how vulnerable they are to being infested with parasites. Both fleas and ticks are parasitic insects that bite cats and dogs and drink their blood. Pets need care from a veterinarian to keep them from being bitten by these pests. If your pet needs flea and tick prevention or vaccinations, call our mobile vet to have your pet seen by Dr. Raeyna in the comfort of your own home. If you are in the Cottage Grove, St. Paul, or Minneapolis areas, give us a call to schedule your appointment with True Companions VetVan.
If your pet gets fleas, you may notice more chewing and scratching behaviors from your pet. Flea bites are incredibly itchy, and they have a tendency to get infected as well causing other problems. Many pets are allergic to the saliva of fleas. This can cause parasitic dermatitis or allergic dermatitis. This can range from being itchy to having a full-body reaction that greatly affects the health of the animal.
Fleas can also spread serious diseases like the plague. When fleas are swallowed, they can result in a pet developing tapeworms. The bacteria that can get into a flea bite can cause a pet to suffer from murine typhus, cat-scratch disease, and anemia. There are several things you can do to protect your pet against fleas. You can make sure that you do not have high weeds in your yard. Flea and tick prevention medication is the best way to keep your pet protected from these pests.
Flea bites can be extremely bad for a pet, but it is often ticks that are the worst. Both cats and dogs can contract several serious diseases from these bites. Tick bites are also very itchy and when your pet scratches them they can easily become infected. Pets can catch Lyme disease from tick bites as well as Rocky Mountain spotted fever. It is a good idea to check your pet every once in a while for ticks. Just rub your hand through your pet's fur and against your pet's skin to check for small bumps that may indicate dangerous parasites.
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Our mobile vet can come to your home and perform a thorough exam to check for the presence of these pests. Dr. Raeyna can also provide various preventative products to keep your pets safe from fleas and ticks. If you live in the St. Paul, Minneapolis, or Cottage Grove areas, let us make veterinary care an easy and convenient process to protect your pets. Call us today at (866) 838-2738 to schedule an appointment for in-home veterinary care.