Fleas, Ticks, And Mosquitoes Oh My!

fleasWarmer weather might be fun, but it also means more risk for dogs, cats, and humans.  Ticks and mosquitoes are already here, and fleas will be appearing shortly.  These pesky pests can transmit diseases to yourself and your furry friends.  Dr. Anna Coffin will discuss these parasites and how to protect against fleas and ticks.

 

Fleas:

An adult flea, under ideal circumstances, can live for two to three months and can lay 50 eggs/day.  That’s nearly 5,000 eggs in a lifetime.  As you can see, one female flea entering your house or yard can easily cause a flea infestation.

Diseases fleas transmit:

  • Flea allergy dermatitis (FAD) is the most common problem seen in pets. FAD occurs when your pet is allergic to flea saliva.  It causes your pet to lose hair and be very itchy for thirty days after just one single flea bite.
  • Tapeworms: Your pet becomes infected when they eat an infected flea.
  • Fleas can also transmit The Plaque and Tularemia both can infect humans.

Ticks:

Ticks are found throughout the United States.  The Brown Dog tick lives in and around homes and kennels and can be found anywhere there are dogs.  Infestation with the Brown Dog tick can take two to three months to bring under control and often requires the help of an exterminator.

Diseases ticks transmit:

  • Lyme Disease
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Tick Fever
  • Ehrlichia
  • Bob Cat Fever which is fatal in cats
  • Tularemia

Mosquitos:

Mosquitos are a large and diverse group of flying insects.  Only the female feeds on blood which is necessary for egg development.  Mosquitos are second to ticks in the number of diseases that they transmit to pets and people.

Disease mosquitos transmit in U.S.A.:

  • Heartworms
  • West Nile Virus
  • Zika Virus

Now that you are aware of all the disease these pests transmit, what is your level of tolerance of parasites in your home?  There are many products available for the prevention of fleas, ticks, and mosquitos.

Dr. Anna Coffin and the staff of Guthrie Pet Hospital recommend these products for parasite prevention:

  • Nexgard: An oral chewable treat that kills fleas and ticks for 30 days.
  • Seresto collar: repels fleas, ticks, and mosquitos for eight months
  • Heartgard Plus, Trifexis, and Iverhart Plus:  oral medication that is given once a month to prevent heartworms
  • Revolution:  A topical product for fleas and heartworm prevention that is given once a month
  • Trifexis:  An oral once a month pill for fleas and heartworm prevention.

For the entire month of May and June, for every six-month supply of Trifexis you purchase at Guthrie Pet Hospital you will be entered to win a Google Home.

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