Visit Our Vet in Westerville for Tick and Flea Treatments for Your Pets
Ticks and fleas are both parasites that feed on blood and can transmit a variety of diseases. An important part of providing your pet with regular veterinary care is preventing ticks and fleas. At Pet Medical Center of Westerville in Westerville, OH, we provide both diagnosis and treatment for pets suffering from tick or flea problems.
Diseases Caused by Fleas and Ticks
There are several types of diseases that fleas and ticks can spread. It's important to note that both pets and humans are susceptible to many of the diseases that are spread by ticks.
- Lyme Disease - Lyme Disease is spread primarily by Deer Ticks and is now seen in areas throughout the U.S. and Canada. Symptoms often include fever, limping, and joint pain.
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever - This is a bacterial infection that dogs are very susceptible to. It can cause fever, swollen lymph nodes, vomiting, diarrhea, and difficulty breathing.
- Anaplasmosis - Anaplasmosis is a disease caused by ticks that has symptoms similar to Lyme Disease.
- Ehrlichiosis - Ehrlichiosis can be caused by several different kinds of ticks. Anemia, eye problems, and neurological difficulties can occur.
- Tapeworms - A dog can get tapeworms from ingesting fleas. Losing weight along with an increased appetite is a symptom of this condition.
Flea and Tick Prevention
There are several steps you can take to prevent ticks and fleas from harming your pets or your family.
- Bathing your pet with a tick and flea shampoo may help prevent diseases associated with these parasites.
- Thoroughly comb or brush your pet on a regular basis.
- Make sure to keep the inside of your home vacuumed regularly and as clean as possible.
Tick and Flea Treatment
If your pet is suffering with ticks or fleas, you'll want to get veterinary care as soon as possible. Tick related diseases such Anaplasmosis and Lyme disease normally require a course of antibiotics to treat. If your pet is suffering from ticks or fleas, make sure to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian to receive an accurate diagnosis and the correct type of treatment.
Call Pet Medical Center of Westerville
John Nowery, DVM, has owned and cared for pets at the Pet Medical Center of Westerville for over 20 years. At our veterinary facility, we provide vaccinations, pet wellness exams, tick and flea prevention plans, and more. Our doctor is highly recommended in the Westerville area. Call us at Pet Medical Center of Westerville to schedule an appointment for your pet today.