Sleep Tight, and Don’t Let the Bad Bugs Bite…

Sleep Tight, and Don’t Let the Bad Bugs Bite…

By Dr. JEFF SPEICHER

They can cause discomfort by biting, which results in itchiness, and can also cause an allergic reaction in some pets.

Here in Florida, we have the great benefit of year-round sunshine, and a sub tropical climate.  Unfortunately, pests that like to bother our pets enjoy the area, also.  We need to be vigilant year round to protect our furry family members from these creepy crawlers!

Fleas: Fleas are the most common parasite found on dogs and cats.  They can cause discomfort by biting, which results in itchiness, and can also cause an allergic reaction in some pets.  They feed on blood after biting, so in severe infestations can cause anemia.  They can also transmit some diseases, including Bartonella and are a vector for Tapeworms. 

Ticks:  Ticks are parasites that also feed on blood. Tick bites are usually not painful, but ticks can transmit a number of diseases to our pets.  Ticks like motion and warm temperatures from body head, so they are attracted to dogs and cats.  We see a number of tick species in our area. 

Mites:  There are two main kinds of skin mites we see on dogs and cats, Demodex and Sarcops.  They cause severe skin irritation, hair loss, and itchiness.  These are the parasites that cause mange.  We also see ear mites in some patients.

While all of these pests can cause discomfort for our four legged friends, we have a good arsenal of weapons against them, especially with some of the newer products available. 

Please contact us if you have any concerns about parasites and your pets!

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