A Word From... Dr. C.A. Heller III DVM

Fleas & Ticks

I hope that you are all enjoying the warmer weather. Fleas and ticks also enjoy this time of year. As a result, our pets can be exposed to these very common external parasites.

Ticks are usually the rst to show up. We start seeing these in the early spring, on pets that are outdoors a lot. They like to crawl up on tall grasses or underbrush, then patiently wait for a host to brush up against them. They then drop onto the host, attach with their mouth and begin to suck blood. Ticks can be contracted at any time of the year, however, we see the highest populations in April and May.

Fleas reach their peak between the months of August until November. If eas become established in your home they can survive and reproduce all year long.

Fleas and ticks feed on your pet’s blood. In large enough numbers the blood loss can be life threatening.

Since they are blood feeders, they can also transmit illnesses. Ticks are capable of transmitting Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme’s disease, Erlichia and Anaplasmosis. Fleas can spread Bartonella and even the Plague. These diseases are capable of infecting us as well. So it is time well spent, preventing these parasites on our pets.

There are many topical and oral preventatives that can prevent eas and ticks from getting established on your pets. Don’t hesitate to ask your veterinarian for advice. Always examine your pet and yourself closely after hikes in the woods, camping trips etc.

Have a great Summer!


C.A. Heller III, DVM
Animal Care Clinic

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