Savannah Flea and Tick Prevention

Savannah Flea and Tick Prevention
Fleas and ticks are much more than a nuisance—they can carry dangerous parasites and diseases that can not only affect your pet but you and your family as well. Fortunately, there are a range of great flea and tick prevention medications on the market. The veterinary staff at Georgetown Veterinary Hospital will work with you to find an appropriate flea and tick prevention medicine for your cat or dog.

Fleas are common because of their rapid reproductive cycle. Female fleas can lay up to 30 eggs a day, and may live on your pet for as many as 100 days. During this time, eggs may fall into your carpet and upholstery, where they can remain dormant for 8 months. In order to keep fleas at bay, it is important to frequently vacuum your carpets, floors, and furniture. Your pet’s bedding, towels, and toys should be washed weekly.

Diseases Caused by Fleas and Ticks

Fleas are known carriers of tapeworm larvae, which can infect your pet. Cats may be susceptible to Bartonella henselae if bitten by an infected flea. This organism can cause “cat-scratch” disease in people. Flea allergies are common in many pets, which may cause a serious allergic reaction if your cat or dog is bitten.

Ticks can carry many serious diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, and ehrlichiosis, which can be transmitted to both pets and humans. Ticks can also be problematic if they become attached in sensitive areas, such as near the eyes or inside the ear, or if there are a large number present.

Signs that Your Cat or Dog May Have Fleas

There are several signs that your pet may exhibit if he or she has fleas. If your car or dog scratches frequently, it could be a sign of fleas. Tiny black dots may be flea feces, which is a definite sign that your pet has fleas. Redness and lesions may be a sign of a flea allergy. Additionally, if you notice little bites on your legs, they may be flea bites.

Flea and Tick Prevention

We recommend year-round flea and tick prevention in order to avoid a flea infestation on your pet and in your home. Please visit us today for preventative medications for your cat or dog.

Savannah Animal Hospital Appointment
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Sunday: Closed

Address:
21 Brasseler Blvd
Savannah, GA 31419-9576