Preventing Fleas & Ticks and the Diseases They Carry

From itchy infestations to flea– and tick-borne illnesses, parasites can pose real problems when pets are left unprotected.

Because we enjoy a mild climate, fleas and ticks (and mosquitoes) are abundant throughout the year, leaving pets at risk of becoming warm-blooded hosts.

In addition to a potentially expensive infestation within the home, fleas carry harmful diseases that can be transmitted to our pets.

CatThese include:

  • Tapeworm
  • Cat Scratch Disease
  • Plague
  • Flea Allergy Dermatitis

Fleas are particularly difficult to get rid of once a pet brings them into the home, in part because of their ongoing life cycle which can result in hundreds of fleas within a short time frame.

Ticks are also found in our region and carry serious tick-borne diseases that include:

  • Lyme Disease
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Tick Fever
  • Ehrlichiosis

Because of the severity of these illnesses, the South Auburn Veterinary Hospital team recommends keeping your cat or dog on a flea and tick preventive all year. Please contact us to inquire about the right preventive for your four-legged friend.