Connersville Veterinary Clinic

808 East County Road 250S
Connersville, IN 47331

(765)825-9620

connersvillevetclinic.com

Fleas and Ticks

 

Fleas

Believe it or not, Fleas are actually huge carriers of disease! 
- Cat Scratch Disease (Fever) is a disease in humans that is thought to be caused by bacteria transmitted in flea feces.
- The Plague was transmitted by fleas and rodents to animals and humans.  Although this is not very common these days, it is still possible!
- Tapeworms are one of the biggest issues we see with fleas.  These intestinal parasites are transmitted when your pet ingests a flea.
- Flea Bite Anemia is a condition in which fleas have drained so much blood that your pets body is unable to function normally.  This is most common in very young and elderly animals.  This can be FATAL!
- Haemobartonellosis is a disease transmitted mainly by fleas and ticks that have fed off of other infected animals.  Signs and symptoms are usually Slight Anemia, Depression, Loss of Appretite, and Dehydration

Flea Allergy Dermatitis is on of the most common skin ailments we see.  If your pet is experiencing Flea Allergy Dermatitis, you may notice:

  • Excessive Scratching
  • Red Irritated Skin / Bumps
  • Hair Loss on back half of body (around base of tail, inner thigh, groin, and stomach areas especially)
  • Cats may be itchy around their necks
Flea Allergy Dermatitis is also known as Flea Bite Hypersensitivity.  As few as one or two flea bites can cause severe scratching of the skin.  This will result in hair loss and scabs. Animals that have Flea Bite Hypersensitivity are actually reacting to the Fleas saliva.  Each time a flea bites the animal, the saliva causes a reaction that is very irritating to the skin. Pets that are allergic to fleas may require treatment with antihistamines or steroids to relieve the itching.  Antibiotics may also be necessary to treat bacterial infections. Flea dirt is feces made up of the blood the flea has sucked out of your pet.  If you see flea dirt, your pet has fleas.
 
Ticks
 
Ticks are the cause of disease as well.  
 
- Lymes Disease is one of the most common diseases we see.  It Causes stiffness, lameness, swollen joints, loss of appetite, fever, and fatigue.  Most dogs will not show any signs of this disease until several months after infection.
- Canine Ehrlichiosis is also a very common tick-borne disease.  It can also be the most dangerous.  It can cause fever, loss of appetite, depression, weight loss, runny eyes and nose, nose bleeds, and swollen limbs.
- Canine Anaplasmosis is transmitted through the deer tick.  it can cause fever, loss of appetite, stiff joints, and lethargy.  It can also include vomiting and diarrhea.
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever can be transmitted through a couple different ticks.  The American Dog Tick, the Wood Tick, and the Lone Star Tick are all able to transmit this disease to your pet.  This disease can cause fever, stiffness, Neurological problems, and also skin lesions.
 
Ticks prefer cool, moist environments, shaded grasses and shrubs.  In our area they are most active from the end of March until the end of June.  They tend to not be as active in the dry summer months, then become active again in late fall.
 
Flea and Tick Prevention
 
This is the best way to prevent tick-borne diseases.
 
At the Connersville Veterinary Clinic we carry 3 products that are designated specifically for Fleas and Ticks.
 
Nexgard
- Kills Fleas and ticks for 1 month
- They must be 8 weeks and older 
- They must be 4lbs and higher
- Used only of Dogs


Frontline Gold
- Used for both dogs and cats
- Kills Fleas and Ticks for 1 month
- They must be 8 weeks and older


Seresto
- Used for both dogs and cats
- 8 month Flea and Tick Preventative
- Dogs must be 7 weeks or older
- Cats must be 10 weeks and older