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Why Flea And Tick Control Is Important In Dogs

Fleas and ticks are not just external parasites, they are also important carriers of diseases that can be an important threat to pets. Fleas transmit bacterial pathogens as well as anemia and pruritus or intense itching.  Some dogs are also hypersensitive to an allergen that is found in the saliva of fleas. Fleas are also capable of transmitting tapeworms. Dogs and cats can be infected with tapeworms if they ingest a flea that is infected during grooming. Since fleas spent a good part of their life cycle in the environment rather than in the body of the host, a good flea preventive program should include eliminating fleas on pets and the immediate environment. 

Like fleas, ticks are also important carriers of bacterial pathogens to affect not only cat and dogs but also cattle and horses. Ticks can also transmit zoonotic diseases. Some of these diseases include Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, canine babesiosis, and tick-borne relapsing fever. 

If your pet has ticks and/or fleas, you should consult with your veterinarian Murrieta, CA for the best treatment option.

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