Flea & Tick Prevention FAQ

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When you suspect that your pet may have fleas or ticks, you have reason to be worried. Fleas and ticks can be harmful to pets, causing a variety of symptoms. It is important to see a veterinarian every year so that your pet can get the care he needs to stay healthy. You need a veterinary exam from the vet clinic every year so that you can get a prescription for flea and tick prevention medication. If you are in Austin, contact our animal hospital to make an appointment with our team at Dessau Veterinary Clinic. Let’s look at a few questions that we run into regarding fleas and ticks.

Why Do Fleas and Ticks Need to Be Prevented in Pets?

It is important to always have your pet on a flea and tick medication because flea and tick bites can be quite serious. Fleas and ticks bite pets, and those bites allow bacteria to get into your pet's bloodstream to cause infectious diseases.

Why Is My Pet Scratching After Flea Bites?

Fleas have saliva that many pets are allergic to, and the bites they leave behind can swell and itch. It can cause flea allergy dermatitis in pets as well as larger allergic reactions that can harm your pet's health. Flea bites can also cause anemia in pets due to blood loss.

What Can My Pet Catch From Ticks?

Ticks spread a variety of serious diseases, including Lyme disease. They can also catch diseases such as Ehrlichia, anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. These diseases can have symptoms that can be devastating to your pet’s health.

How Is Flea and Tick Medication Applied?

There are flea and tick medications in pill form as well as chewable tablets. There is even an injection that can be given to provide protection from these pests.

Contact Our Veterinary Clinic in Austin, TX

When you need flea and tick prevention or pet care for your dog or cat, contact Dessau Veterinary Clinic to schedule a consultation with one of our veterinarians. We will answer any questions that you may have and make sure your furry friend is well protected from ticks and fleas. Call our team today at (512) 339-3177 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.


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