Are your pets protected for the flea and tick season? Keeping your pets protected against fleas and ticks is essential to preventing disease. Fleas can cause severe anemia, skin infections, allergic reactions, and hair loss due to intense scratching. Just one flea can lay thousands of eggs, which will lead to an infestation in your home. Once an infestation occurs, it can be a nightmare to get rid of.
Ticks can transmit several different diseases, depending on which type your pet is exposed to. Of most concern here in the Berkshires are deer ticks, which can transmit Lyme Disease and/or Anaplasmosis. Both diseases have similar symptoms to many other illnesses--- lameness, lethargy, loss of appetite, and possibly a fever. If you suspect that your dog has either disease, a simple blood test can be done in the clinic with results coming back in less than 10 minutes. If the test comes back positive for either disease, treatment is inexpensive and can be started immediately. If left untreated, both Lyme Disease and Anaplasmosis can lead to other more serious conditions, such as organ failure or bleeding disorders.
At Hilltowns Veterinary Clinic, we know that choosing the right flea and tick medication for your pets can be a daunting task. Topicals are still the most popular and effective treatment available, and start at ~$10 a month, depending on the product and the size of your pet. With so many products to choose from, how do you know which one is right for your pet? Call us today at (413)623-5329 to speak with a member of our staff who can guide you into choosing the best protection for your pet.