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Posted on 06-14-2017
As the weather gets warmer, fleas and ticks become more and more prevalent, posing a greater risk to the cats, dogs, and even the humans in your family. Pets easily pick up fleas and ticks when playing outside in the grass or brushy areas or when they encounter other infected animals (domestic or wild). Enough to make your skin crawl, fleas and ticks do much more damage than simply giving pet owners the creeps – the diseases these parasites carry can seriously threaten your pet's health and even the health of the human members of your family. For this reason, our veterinarian in Coronado urges cat and dog owners to invest in parasite prevention.
When it comes to parasites, many pet owners unfortunately only take action after an infestation. Fleas and ticks, however, are not something to take lightly or to procrastinate when it comes to safeguarding your cat or dog. These parasites commonly carry dangerous diseases such as Lyme disease, leptospirosis, and bartonella bacteria.
These illnesses can seriously harm your pet's health and even be fatal. In addition, several parasite-borne diseases are zoonotic diseases, meaning humans can contract them from animals. Easily administered and inexpensive relative to the cost of parasite treatment, preventative medications should be administered to pets on a regular schedule. Our Coronado Veterinary Hospital professionals can help you select the best preventative medication for your pets, depending on their species, age, activities, and environment.
If you have yet to treat your cat or dog to a parasite preventative, whether it be drops, oral medication, or a collar, we encourage you to schedule an appointment at Coronado Veterinary Hospital today. Contact us at (619) 435-6281 to ask our Imperial Beach veterinarian which course of preventative medications are the right choice for your cat or dog and lifestyle.
Have your pets ever suffered a flea or tick infestation? If so, how did you handle it?
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