Flea & Tick Control
Here in Florida, it is always flea and tick season. Certainly, fleas can present themselves as a bigger problem in our hot summer months, but it is never cold enough for fleas and ticks to no longer be a problem. Your pet needs to be protected from fleas and ticks all year round.
Both fleas and ticks are parasites, and can spread diseases that can be harmful or fatal to your pet. Although Lyme disease is thought to be a problem only in northern states, cases have been reported in central Florida. According to the Companion Animal Parasite Council, 83 dogs tested positive for Lyme Disease in Polk County in 2018. It may not seem like many, but if your pet is one of the 83, it’s the only one that counts.
Fleas are the number one cause for skin related issues thanks to itching, scratching and biting. A common condition we see is Flea Allergy Dermatitis- which is when your dog is allergic to the flea’s saliva which is left behind when the flea bites your pet and takes their blood.
Fleas can also carry tapeworms. If your dog happens to ingest a flea while grooming themselves, they may get tapeworms if the flea is carrying tapeworm eggs. Tapeworms grow in your pet’s intestinal tract, and can rob them of vital nutrients- leading to a host of problems.
The best way to stop fleas and ticks is to not let them become a problem to start with. Highland Pet Hospital carries a variety of different products to protect your precious pet. Ask which product is best for your pet based on their needs.