Keeping Your Pets Safe from Fleas & Ticks
Fleas and ticks are terrible parasites for your pets. They each spread disease and can bring irritating bites that damage your pet’s health. Using a parasite prevention method is the only way to be sure that these pests aren't going to stay on your dog or cat. If you are looking for a veterinarian on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, call our team at Westside Veterinary Center to make an appointment for a pet health exam.
Flea bites are itchy and can easily become irritated or even infected. In addition, many pets have allergic reactions to these bites, and their health suffers from it. Fleas also transmit a variety of diseases through their bites. A flea infestation can also cause anemia in both dogs and cats. When dogs chew at the irritated spot, they can eat the flea unintentionally, and this can lead to tapeworms.
Unfortunately, tick bites are no safer than flea bites and in some ways even worse. They can spread a long list of diseases to pets through their bites. These include Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease. It is important to check your pets after spending time outdoors to make sure there are no ticks attached to them. It's also important to get a good preventative medication.
With the many diseases and other health problems brought by parasites, having good parasite prevention is a must. Luckily, there are many flea and tick preventative medicines that are available on the market. Just one can prevent fleas and ticks in your pets for weeks or even months. Our veterinarians can make recommendations for a prevention product based on your pet’s breed and lifestyle.
Contact Westside Veterinary Center for Parasite Prevention
If you are on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, we can help your pet with flea and tick prevention. One of our veterinarians will examine your pet first to make sure he or she is healthy enough to take the medication. Call our office today at (212) 580-1800 to schedule your pet’s next check-up.