Stop Fleas & Ticks Before They Start With Prevention for Your Pets From Sacramento Animal Hospital
Ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes can cause not only discomfort and allergic reactions, but also life-threatening diseases in both dogs and cats. Diseases such as tapeworms, anaplasma anaplasmosis, Lyme disease ehrlichious ehrlichiosis, babesia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and anemia are all caused by fleas and ticks.
While exposure to these parasites is mainly based on environment, we recommended that all dogs and cats be placed on flea and tick preventives in an effort to avoid infestation and illness. Flea and tick treatments are available in both oral tablet and spot-on topical forms. Both methods offer ease of application and convenience for owners and their pets. Upon visiting our office, we will recommend a prevention program that is based on your petís lifestyle and environment.
We also can assist you with any questions you may have regarding flea and tick control, such as:
- How can I tell if my pet has ticks or fleas?
- Which preventive is right for my pet?
- What steps can I take to reduce my petís exposure to fleas and ticks outside of the home?
- Are fleas and ticks seasonal parasites?
Heartworm & Intestinal Parasite Prevention
We also recommend that all cats and dogs be placed on year-round oral heartworm medication. As part of annual physical exams at Sacramento Animal Hospital, we test for heartworms and provide a prescription for a heartworm preventive that can be taken monthly. Heartworm in cats is a significant health risk and, given the difficulty in diagnosing and treating this parasite in our feline friends, we recommend monthly prevention.