How to Get Rid of Fleas

By May 14, 2014Blog
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As the weather warms, and your pet begins to spend more time outside, are you concerned about how to prevent or get rid of fleas? Carriage Crossing Animal Hospital can help.

Why should I be concerned?

Fleas are more than just a discomfort for pets. Smaller or younger animals are particularly vulnerable to anemia. If there are enough fleas, they can feed so much on your pet, that it can cause an iron deficiency. They can also carry and infect your pet with disease.

Diseases fleas cause or carry:

• Flea Allergic Dermatitis (fleas don’t make animals itchy unless there a flea bite allergy)

• Flea Anemia (low iron)

• Feline Infectious Anemia (a life-threatening blood parasite carried by fleas)

• Cat Scratch Fever/Bartonellosis (the infected cat can make YOU sick)

• Common Tapeworm infection (not dangerous but certainly unappealing)

How to prevent fleas?

We used to control fleas with shampoos, powders, collars, and sprays. While these products are still available, newer products are now preferred. These include long-acting injections for cats, or flavoured tablets for cats and dogs of a product that sterilizes – but does not kill – any flea that bites the pet. Products applied to the skin and newer flavoured tablets kill adult fleas.

Call us, or come in today to learn about the latest in flea prevention for your pet. Our Waterloo Vet Team can help you choose the right product for your pet’s size, species, and lifestyle!

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