Dr. Richard DeLaney VMD

1096 W Bainbridge St. Elizabethtown, PA 17022

Phone: 717-367-7156   Fax: 717-367-9795

 Elizabethtown Area Animal Hospital...    “Comprehensive care in a country setting”

Fleas & Ticks

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Advice By Amy

Advice By Amy

Flea and tick season has come. It is so important that you check your pet regularly for fleas or ticks, especially after an outing.

Fleas feed on your pet’s blood, and when they bite into your pet they naturally transfer saliva into your pet’s skin. The proteins in this saliva often cause allergic reactions, causing your pet to be uncomfortable and itchy. This is called flea allergy dermatitis. Since these pests are feeding on your pet’s blood, it can cause enema or even death depending on the flea infestation. They can also transmit tapeworms to your pet.

Ticks can carry more than a dozen diseases, which can be transmitted to your pet. But not all these disease are active in all areas. A disease that is prevalent in this area is Lyme disease. The tick once known as the “deer tick,” now known as the “black legged tick”, is very common in this area and spreads Lyme disease. Ticks can be carried by many species of animals, including deer, mice, chipmunks, raccoons, squirrels; even many songbirds can carry ticks. 

Indoor only pets are also susceptible to ticks and fleas. Other pets and people can carry them along for the ride into the house, where they can then jump to the unsuspecting indoor only pet. Ticks are not only a problem for pets, but for humans as well.  Humans can also contract Lyme disease. That’s why it is important to check your pets, children and adults alike when coming inside after an outing.

There are many products on the market to help control fleas and ticks. Before you use any products on your pets it is critical that you read labels and consult with your veterinarian on which product is right for your pet.

It is very important that you pay attention to what you are putting on your pet, especially if you have multiple pets in your house. Most of these products cannot be shared between cats and dogs and can cause serious, sometimes fatal harm, if used incorrectly. It is also very important to keep the box, even after you use the last dose and until you start a new box. If your pet has an adverse reaction to that product you will have all the information on the box for your veterinarian, and also the manufactures phone numbers.

For more information on Fleas & Ticks and Flea & Tick products, please consult your veterinarian.