Keeping Your Cat Safe from Fleas & Ticks
Cats face a lot of risks when they are outdoors. One of these risks is that they are vulnerable to attacks from parasites like fleas and ticks. If you find these pests on your cat and live in or around Miami, contact Dr. Ferreira at Ferreira Animal Hospital for prompt treatment.
Fleas and Bites
When cats get bitten by fleas, they are bitten over and over again. This can lead to significant blood loss for the cat, particularly if there are a lot of fleas in the fur. The blood loss may result in anemia. If it gets bad enough, it can be fatal for cats, and especially kittens. Flea bites are also itchy and may sting your cat. The open wounds can be made worse by scratching and can become infected.
Fleas and Disease
Several serious diseases can be passed from fleas to cats through bites. There are also tapeworms, which cats can get after eating a flea while scratching at the bites. The bites can lead to a parasite in the blood called Mycoplasma haemofelis. Cats can get cat scratch disease and flea allergy dermatitis from their bites.
Ticks and Disease
Ticks pose a serious threat to your feline friends. Among the many dangerous diseases these pests spread, Lyme Disease is the deadliest of them all. There is no vaccine for Lyme Disease but there are some measures that you can take to prevent it. Do your best to tick-proof your yard, check your cat for ticks when it comes indoors, and use a spray or special collar that helps repel these pests.
Parasite Prevention Medication
There is no reason for cats to suffer from flea bites when there are so many effective medications to keep these pests at bay. Our veterinarian has medications that last for months or even longer, making it easy to administer these parasite prevention remedies. They are perfect for keeping your cat free from the many diseases and conditions that these pests can bring.
Visit Our Animal Hospital in Miami, FL
To get your cat checked for fleas and put on a preventative medication if necessary, visit Ferreira Animal Hospital. Call our veterinarian today at (786) 275-4629 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ferreira.