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Posted on 05-24-2017

Fleas & Tick Awareness Information Provided by Canton VeterinariansFlea & Tick prevention in canton

Maybe you've had a flea infestation or removed a tick from your pet in the past. However, you might not be aware of the severity of parasites and how they affect your pet. You could find your pet in a serious predicament if you don't use preventative measures supplied by Canton veterinarians. 

Complications from Fleas and Ticks

Fleas will irritate your pet and cause itching. Your pet might have an allergic skin reaction as a result of the parasites. The skin irritation may make your pet scratch and possibly contaminate the bite with bacteria or a virus. It's not uncommon for your pet's coat to look unhealthy as a result of fleas, which are sucking necessary nutrients from the pet. Your pet might ingest a flea, which means the problem will no longer be just external. Ingesting a flea introduces the flea into his or her digestive tract and will lead to a tapeworm. Once a tapeworm enters into the digestive tract, it will begin taking nutrients from your pet. Your pet could acquire a disease from a tick bite such as Lyme disease, The symptoms aren't as prominent in animals as they are in humans. When a tick causes disease, it's possible your pet will have paralysis or weakness in the hind legs. In some cases, your pet will experience respiratory failure or death. 

Quick Infestation

It doesn't take long for a tick to infect your pet. Generally, your pet will develop Lyme disease or another condition within 48 hours of the tick attaching to your pet. Generally, your pet won't have symptoms of a tick-borne illness immediately. It can take two to five months for your furry friend to develop symptoms. Fleas reproduce quickly. The average female flea may lay up to 2,000 eggs over the course of her lifetime. Just one female consumes 15 times her own weight in blood each day.  

To schedule an appointment to get rid of fleas or a tick or benefit from preventative measures to protect your pet against fleas and ticks, contact our Canton veterinarians at Acres Mill Veterinarian Clinic.

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