Vets in Sudbury Discuss the Importance of Heartworm, Flea, and Tick Prevention
It’s that time of year again. Yes those pesky mosquitoes, fleas and ticks are back.
Our Vets in Sudbury at the Barrydowne Animal Hospital want to share some valuable information regarding mosquitoes, fleas and ticks and how they can affect your pet’s health. Mosquitoes can be more than just bothersome as they can be carriers of heartworm disease which is fatal if left untreated. Heartworm disease is exactly that, a worm that migrates and grows in the heart. These pests can migrate through the bloodstream and over populate your furry friend’s heart. Our Vets in Sudbury know that treatment is not always 100% effective and therefore prevention plays a key role!!
Fleas are menacing external parasites that feed on your pet’s blood, cause skin irritation, redness, hair loss, anemia and other symptoms. They can be seen as the vampires of the parasite world. Our Vets in Sudbury state that fleas can also be the culprit in giving your four legged family members tapeworms. These intestinal parasites can cause an increase in appetite and bloated stomach. Your furry friend will be eating for two!! Tapeworms may look like rice in your pet’s feces as they shed segments from the adult worm. Here’s the scariest part, they can infect humans!! Also, one female flea can lead to an entire flea circus, producing 2000 fleas in just 4 months. Don’t forget that every pet and every room will be infested including your living room, bedroom and even your child’s room. In addition to treating each and every pet in the house your residence may need to be treated as well. Our Vets in Sudbury know that anyone who has had to deal with a flea infestation will agree that prevention is less expensive and far less stressful than treatment. Knowing those tiny critters have invaded your home will keep anyone up scratching all night long!!!
There are four species of ticks that are known in Ontario. The Brown Dog Tick is most wipe spread tick in Canada and can transmit Ehrlichiosis. The most common signs of Ehrlichiosis are; loss of appetite, depression, fever, painful joints, bloody nose and pale gums. This disease can progress to permanent blindness, autoimmune diseases, blood clotting issues and even death. The Deer Tick is the next most common tick in Canada and these critters can be found in Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime provinces. The Deer Tick can be carriers of Lyme disease and Anaplasmosis. Most common signs of Lyme disease are; lameness, fever, swollen joints, kidney failure, anorexia. The disease can progress to damaged joints and fatal kidney disease. Anaplamosis shows signs of; lack of energy, high fever, swollen & painful joints, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. This disease can progress to low platelet number (blood clotting factor), chronic joint pain and neurological signs. The Lone Star Tick is a carrier of Ehrlichiosis but has only been found in small populations in the Quebec/St. Lawrence areas. The Dog Tick and Wood Tick are the two least populated. The Dog Tick can be found in Canada from Saskatchewan to the Maritime Provinces and are carriers of fatal blood parasites to cats. The Wood tick can be found in central British Columbia through southern Alberta and into southwestern Saskatchewan and are carriers are Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Our Vets in Sudbury say that these diseases are very difficult to treat and that’s why prevention is a priority. Paired with prevention, your furry family member should have an annual heartworm and tick test done by our Vets in Sudbury at the Barrydowne Animal Hospital. This involves drawing a small blood sample to test for heartworm disease and tick borne diseases. Knowing your furry family member is in tip top shape will allow you both to have a more enjoyable summer!!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Our Sudbury Vets at the Barrydowne Animal Hospital at 705-566-4243 or visit our website at www.barrydowneanimalhospital.com or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BarrydowneAnimalHospital. The entire staff at The Barrydowne Animal Hospital wishes everyone a paw-sitively purrr-fect summer season!!