Fremantle Animal Hospital offers several effective options to prevent and treat external parasites in your pets.
Ticks, fleas and other ectoparasites can cause severe discomfort to your pet, some even have the potential to cause significant disease. To many pet owners, the presence of parasites in your home is an unwelcome thought, so preventing them is essential.
Our vets and nurses can advise you on preventative treatments for parasites, and if you are struggling to find the right product for you then you are more than welcome to come into the clinic and we can help find a product that best suits you and your pet's lifestyle.
We also offer free treatment administration from a nurse if you need an extra hand.
Adult fleas live on and bite their host to feed off of their blood. A single flea can bite your pet up to 400 times a day. The area that is bitten by the flea becomes swollen, red and itchy due to an inflammatory response caused by the flea's saliva. Both pets and their owners can suffer as a result!
Heavy flea infestations can cause anaemia due to the animal's red blood cells being ingested faster than they can replenish them. Fleas also act as carriers and transmitters of other diseases and parasites such as tape worms, feline leukemia and feline infectious anaemia. Some animals can develop severe allergic reactions where they have been bitten by fleas. This is known as Flea Allergic Dermatits.
Fleas can also carry a bacterium that causes an infection know as "Cat Scratch Disease" that can either be mild with just an infected welt at the bite site, or they can be fairly severe resulting in a fever and swollen lymph nodes. Pet owners have an increased risk of developing Cat Scratch Disease if their pet has a flea infestation.
Ticks latch onto and feed off the blood of animals, including pets. Heavy infestations can cause anaemia due to the animal's red blood cells being ingested by the ticks faster than the animal can replenish them. Ticks are also responsible for the transmission of several serious diseases in WA.
The most common ticks seen in Western Australia are the Brown Dog Tick and the Bush Tick. Thankfully, the Paralysis Tick is not present in our region.
Mites can be classified as either "burrowing" or "surface" mites. Both cause skin rashes that are extremely itchy and can become infected.
Burrowing mites dig through the animals skin to create small tunnels in which they can lay their eggs.
Surface mites live on the surface of the animal's skin and can cause bacterial infections of the skin and ears.
Mites can cause animals to scratch themselves incessantly. This can cause trauma to the skin and secondary infections from bacteria entering the open wounds.