Pet Care Essentials: Flea and Tick Prevention and Lyme Disease
Flea prevention and tick prevention are essential parts of animal care. Unfortunately, dogs, cats, and other pets can catch Lyme disease and other serious diseases if they are bitten by fleas, ticks, or other parasites. If your pet is struggling with parasites, reach out to Augusta Animal Clinic in Indianapolis, IN.
Tick and Flea Prevention and Treatment
Fleas are hardy, flightless insects. Once fleas make their home on your cat or dog, they can live an entire life-cycle centered around your pet, living, eating, and breeding. Ticks are tough arachnids. After they burrow into your pet’s skin, they are very difficult to remove.
Fortunately, our veterinarian can provide tick and flea treatment and removal. If fleas and ticks are a problem for you and your pet, talk to our veterinarian right away. There is a variety of flea and tick treatments available, including oral pills, collars, shampoos, sprays, and more.
The various flea and tick prevention options will disrupt the life-cycle of the parasites or otherwise make your pet an inhabitable place to call home. Often, this involves poisoning the ticks or fleas. However, most treatment types are quite safe for your pet.
Treating Lyme Disease
If your pet contracts Lyme disease or another disease that is spread by fleas or ticks, there are treatment options available. For example, Lyme Disease can be treated with antibiotics. Contact our vet right away for pet care if you believe your cat or dog has contracted Lyme disease or has been bitten by a tick.
Vaccinations are another essential thing to consider for your pet. The right vaccines will reduce the risk of your pet contracting certain diseases that are spread via ticks and fleas. Unfortunately, many diseases spread by parasites aren’t covered by vaccinations but they are still an important part of your pet’s healthcare.
There are many different dog and cat vaccinations available. Some vaccines are considered “core” and every pet should get them. For example, just about every cat or dog should get a rabies vaccine. Other vaccinations are considered “non-core”. Whether your pet should get non-core vaccines typically depends on his or her lifestyle and other risk factors.
Quality Veterinary Care in Indianapolis, IN
If you have any questions about Lyme Disease, vaccinations, tick and flea prevention, or any other pet care questions, call us today at (317) 291-4553. At Augusta Animal Clinic, your pet’s health is our priority.