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Cats, dogs, other animals, and even humans are at risk for exposure to fleas, ticks, and other parasites, especially during the summer months. The team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital, your Overland Park animal hospital, strongly recommends that pet owners diligently maintain a regular parasite prevention regime for their animal companions no matter what time of year.
Diseases transmitted by fleas, ticks, and other parasites can cause lead to serious and potentially life-threatening health problems in cats and dogs. At Blue Valley Animal Hospital, our veterinarian team provides Overland parasite prevention services--including medications, tips, and tricks--to help pet owners keep their animals safe from complications including:
Bartonella—Also called "cat scratch fever," symptoms of this flea or tick-borne illness include vomiting, diarrhea, fever, coughing, sneezing, swollen lymph nodes, and mouth or eye problems.
Lyme disease—Dogs, cats, and even humans can contract this disease from ticks. In animals, it may cause symptoms including fever, fatigue, and lameness.
Flea-allergy dermatitis—It's common for a pet to be allergic to flea saliva. An allergic reaction to fleas can lead to scratching, itchiness, and red oozing hot spots on the skin which are at risk for becoming infected.
Tapeworms—These parasites come from fleas and when transmitted to a cat or dog can become lodged in the animal's heart and blood vessels. Symptoms can include weight loss, decreased appetite, dull coat, itchy bottom, fatigue, and GI problems including vomiting, diarrhea, and the appearance of white-colored tapeworms in the stool.
Rocky Mountain spotted fever—This disease is transmitted via ticks, and can cause joint pain, muscle pain, and fever.
Our veterinarian team believes that it's much less costly--for both you and your animal--to prevent parasite-transmitted diseases than it is to treat parasite-transmitted disease. In addition to always keeping your pet on regular monthly doses of parasite preventative medicine, here are a few other ways you can keep your cat or dog safe:
Keep your yard neatly trimmed. This helps to minimize places for fleas, ticks, rodents, and other parasites to live.
Thoroughly check your body and your animal's body for ticks and fleas after any outdoor activity. Pay close attention to certain areas on your pet's body that are particularly folded and/or hairy, including the groin and belly.
Do you have a green thumb? Try planting plants that may help repel flea and ticks, including lavender, mint, sage, citronella, lemongrass, and rosemary.
If your pet recently has gained or lost significant weight, be sure to speak with your Overland Park veterinarian. He or she may need to adjust the amount of parasite preventative medication your animal is getting.
Make sure your pets are ready for the great outdoors, all throughout the year! Call your local Overland Park animal hospital today at (913) 681-2818 for affordable, comprehensive, and effective parasite prevention.
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