Flea and Tick Prevention - Island Life Animal Hospital

Flea and Tick Prevention

Fleas and Ticks Can Cause Serious Health Issues for Your Pet

Fleas feed off the blood of animals and a severe infestation can lead to anemia and other diseases. Fleas can also cause skin issues such as severe itching, hair loss, and skin infections. Some pets can have flea allergies which leads to flea allergic dermatitis. Even indoor animals are at risk.

Humans can also transport fleas in from the outdoors which can then thrive in the home. There are 4 stages of the flea life cycle: egg, larva, pupae, and adult. When treating for fleas, the goal is to break the life cycle with regular flea prevention. Flea prevention should be given year round. Dogs and cats can also get tapeworms (dipylidium caninum) from eating infected fleas which can also affect their health.

Ticks are skin parasites that also feed on blood. Ticks sense body motion and warmth hence why they are attracted to dogs, cats, and even humans. Ticks transmit diseases such as Lyme, Erhlichia, Anaplasmosis, other tick-born diseases, and can also cause tick paralysis.

Flea and Tick Prevention