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Posted on 09-01-2017
Our veterinarian in Sarasota and Parrish knows that fleas and ticks are a common problem for pets and pet owners living in the area. There are more than 2,200 species of fleas in the world and about 850 types of ticks. While only a few types of fleas and ticks can cause disease in pets, the health problems these pests pose can be serious.
Fleas can enter your neighborhood by hitching a ride on a stray dog or cat, a neighboring pet, or a wild animal, such as a raccoon or opossum. The female fleas lay eggs on the animal. As the host animal moves through your neighborhood, the eggs fall off, develop into adults and then jump onto your pet.
Your dog or cat may contact ticks while walking through the woods or high grass, or by brushing against bushes, where ticks like to hang out. The tick dislodges from the vegetation and jumps onto your pet.
Common signs of fleas include:
Tick infestations can cause serious illnesses, such as Lyme disease. Signs of these illnesses may include:
Our veterinarian in Sarasota and Parrish provides flea treatment and tick treatment to keep your pet safe. These treatments include oral flea and tick medications, flea and tick sprays, K9 Advantix, Frontline Plus, and other spot-on treatments for monthly use.
If your pet needs flea treatment or tick treatment, or if your animal companion needs other veterinary services, make an appointment with Dr. Nina's Animal Hospital. Schedule your appointment with our veterinarian in Sarasota and Parrish today by calling (941) 366-1222.
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