Prevent fleas before they become a problem.
You love the warmer months of the year, but you dread that fleas become a big problem for your pet at this time. Fleas are small, dark brown insects that thrive in warmer temperatures and humidity. Most dogs get fleas when they come into contact with another animal or come across fleas in their environment, like in your backyard.
Fleas have strong back legs, so they can easily jump from host to host. For most dogs, the constant biting of the flea causes relentless itching, and this can become a severe problem for many. For example, the constant chewing and scratching of the affected area can result in secondary skin infections, inflammation, and hair loss.
You can often see fleas scurrying along the skin of your dog’s fur, even though they are only around the size of a head of a pin. In most cases, fleas will congregate on your dog’s furry areas on the inner thighs and belly.
Since fleas are so bothersome to your pet, and because they can carry harmful diseases, you need to make flea prevention a top priority. Here at Plaza Veterinary Hospital, we recommend several different effective methods for flea prevention, and we can go over them with you at your next appointment.
If you’re worried that your dog has fleas and you want to talk to a compassionate vet in the Burlington, North Carolina area about it, give us a call. Effective flea prevention can go a long way when it comes to the health and happiness of your pet!
FAQs About Flea Prevention
Our team at Plaza Veterinary Hospital knows that you care about your pet and want to keep them happy and comfortable. In order to do that, you will need to take steps to prevent them from getting fleas. Below, you will find the answers to some of our most frequently received questions about flea prevention. If your question is not included in this list, feel free to contact us directly.
What diseases do fleas spread?
Fleas are capable of carrying a number of diseases, including anaplasmosis or dog tick fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, and even Lyme disease. Not only are these dangerous to pets, but they can also be transmitted to humans, making flea prevention doubly important.
What other heath problems do fleas cause?
Flea bites cause the skin to develop itchy, sore lesions. When your pets lick or scratch at these itchy bumps, they can damage the skin, which makes them vulnerable to bacterial skin infections. The best way to avoid these problems is to be vigilant about flea protection, as it’s much easier and more comfortable to prevent flea bites than it is to treat them.
What flea prevention options do you offer?
Our team, like most other veterinary offices, offers a variety of flea prevention options. We can prescribe oral drugs, topical preventatives (a.k.a. flea baths), and long-lasting flea collars. In addition, we can offer advice about how to reduce the flea population around your property and keep fleas out of your home and yard.