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Flea & Tick Prevention With Your Staten Island â€‹Veterinarian

At the Animal Health Group, our Bayonne and Staten Island veterinarian team believe in the basic idea that disease prevention is easier, less expensive, and far less stressful to deal with that disease treatment. That's why we're strong proponents of maintaining a proper flea and tick prevention routine all throughout the year--no matter the season.

flea and tick prevention with your veterinarians in staten island

Common Pet Diseases & Illnesses Spread By Fleas, Ticks & Other Parasites

All creatures in your community--including wildlife, your pets, even you and your family members--are potentially at risk for flea and tick-borne illnesses. Many of these are transmissible from animal to animal, as well--and in some cases even animal to human. 

Here are a few of the parasite-related illnesses and issues that our vet staff evaluates and treats in unprotected cats and dogs: 

  • Fleas: aside from itchy and irritated skin, these contagious critters can lead to "hot spots" on your pet's skin that easily become infected
  • Mosquitoes: these bugs are most known for carrying heartworm larvae (which they catch from infected wildlife); these heartworm larvae can be transmitted into dogs and cats where they can live for years and lodge in major organs and grow up to 12 inches long or more! 
  • Ticks: common tick-borne illnesses in our region of the country include anaplasmosis, Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, and (strangely enough) Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Top 3 Flea & Tick Prevention Tips From Our Veterinarian Team

Our cats and dogs will always have at least some risk for being exposed to fleas and ticks. Here are a few things you can do to reduce that risk as much as possible:

  1. Give your pet the appropriate type and dose of preventive medication all throughout the year. Even if your pet is an indoor pet only, you should still get in the habit of giving it monthly flea and tick medication. Ask your Staten Island veterinarian about the correct medication you need to give to your animal--and never give your cat a medication intended for a dog or vice versa. 
  2. Know the symptoms of a potential parasite-borne infection. If you notice lameness, lethargy, decreased appetite, or frequent itching or scratching, these could be signs or symptoms of a flea infestation and/or parasite-borne illness. Always talk to your vet about any concerns you have about your pet's health, and if in doubt, be sure to bring your animal in so a proper disease screening can be done. 
  3. Maintain a trim and tidy yard, as well as a clean home. Bugs--fleas especially--love everything from plants to couches--and dogs and cats, of course. In the case of flea and tick prevention, cleanliness is key. Maintaining a clean home (inside and out) helps reduce the chances of fleas, mosquitos, ticks, and other critters from lodging and growing in your environment. 

Schedule An Appointment At Our Animal Hospital In Staten Island Today!

Your animal deserves to live a long and healthy life, and at the Animal Health Group, our staff wants to help your pet achieve just that! To learn more about our parasite prevention services or to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians, then contact our animal hospital in Staten Island today. We have 2 locations for your convenience. Call 718.448.3680 for our Castleton Avenue location or 718-980-6491 for our location on Hylan Boulevard. We look forward to meeting with you!

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