Flea & Tick Prevention

Keeping Your Pets Safe from Fleas & Ticks

When you have pets, you can have fleas and ticks as well. Fleas and ticks can be dangerous to pets, and they can cause itching and irritation. If you have a dog or cat, you need flea and tick prevention. Call our Ames, IA, office at Doggie Dude Ranch to make an appointment with our veterinarian for a health exam and a prescription for this medication.

Flea Bites

When your cat or dog has fleas, it's a nuisance, but it can be a lot more than that. Flea bites can cause allergic reactions in cats and dogs who are allergic to flea saliva. This is a common allergy that can cause anything from skin reactions to serious allergic responses in your pet. Flea bites also spread bacteria to pets that can lead to infections. Fleas bite often, and they reproduce quickly. This can lead to anemia in pets who have had too much blood lost to these insects. If your pet should bite at the itchy area and swallow a flea, they can be infected with tapeworms. Prevention medication is needed to safeguard the health of pets from all these effects.

Tick Bites

There are even more diseases that can be passed to pets from tick bites. Many of these diseases can be fatal. Getting Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease are just the beginning of the dangers posed to pets by tick bites. It's important to check your pet occasionally for ticks, especially if your pet spends a lot of time outside. In addition, your cat or dog may need to be on a preventative medication from the vet. These are often pills that are taken monthly or every few months and protect against both fleas and ticks.

Contact Us for Flea and Tick Prevention

If your dog or cat is not on any flea and tick prevention medication, there's no time to wait. Take them to see the veterinarian to get a checkup and a prescription for this medication. Call our Ames, IA, office at (515)-382-1444 Doggie Dude Ranch to schedule your pet's appointment.

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