The Importance of Pest Prevention

Is your pet protected from fleas, ticks, heartworm, and other parasites? While we, as humans, may think that encounters with parasites of this nature are limited, the same is not necessarily true of our pets! Our animal companions spend their time with their noses to the ground and sometimes lying or rolling on the ground outside. When we track dirt into our homes on our shoes and clothes, our pets will be the first ones to smell it or even lick it. When two animals from different homes greet each other, they will often sniff or lick each other as well.

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Our animals’ very natures put them at greater risk for pests. It is our responsibility to ensure that our companions are protected!

The Dangers of Fleas

Fleas are a parasite that lives in your pet’s fur, often congregating around their warmer spots, such as behind the ears, around the neck, and under the tail. A single flea is cause for concern as infestations can develop easily. Many pets can develop allergies to fleas, causing uncomfortable skin conditions, and fleas can easily be passed to other pets in the home, to your furniture, and even your carpet, making your entire family miserable! A flea preventative will keep your pet, and subsequently, your home, flea-free.

The Dangers of Ticks

Ticks are often acquired in wooded areas or areas with underbrush, but they can be found in more populated areas as well. While ticks do not cause infestations, they can be the carriers of very dangerous diseases, such as Lyme disease, which can affect both animals and humans. This disease is transferred to the pet after the tick has latched on to their skin. A tick preventative will keep the parasite from latching on long enough to transfer the disease.

The Dangers of Heartworm

How many times have you gone out for an evening walk or sat out on the porch for a few minutes just to come inside and find that you have a dozen mosquito bites? It happens to quickly, often without us even realizing it. The same is true for our pets. For our pets, mosquito bites can lead to even more deadly results as mosquitoes are carriers of the heartworm parasite which affects both dogs and cats.

Ask Los Feliz Small Animal Hospital for Details

Please contact Los Feliz Small Animal Hospital to ask about your pet’s safety from pests. We want to ensure that our patients are always protected!

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