What To Do If Your Pet Has Fleas & Ticks

By Dr. Karen Farnan,  Associate Veterinarian

Fleas and ticks are common in this area, and they can carry diseases and cause itching and dermatitis. 

Ticks can carry Lyme Disease, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, and sometimes even Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. These diseases cause damage to joints, platelets, and sometimes other organs like kidneys!

Fleas cause scabs, hot spots, and flea allergy dermatitis which is no fun at all. 

It’s best to have your dogs and cats on flea and tick preventatives all year round since our winters are interspersed with many warm days. But if you didn’t, and find that your pet has gotten fleas and/or ticks, it’s never too late to start.

Always go with a product recommended by your veterinarian, since some of the over-the-counter products can be toxic or even fatal.

As always, we are here for you at Rocky Gorge Animal Hospital to help with all of your pet’s needs.

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