Flea and Tick Prevention Asheville NC
There are many reasons pet owners love Asheville, NC. There are was pet-friendly before it was cool. There are few places you go that are not wide open for your furry friends. There are literally thousands of miles of hiking trails to explore with your dog. There are beautiful dog parks and cat-friendly restaurants. Many property owners and apartments allow pet owners to live with pets. There is just a love and appreciation for animals here that is unmatched anywhere else.
While you may have moved to Buncombe or Henderson County for reasons other than pet appreciation. We have a thriving economy, world-class restaurants and shopping, excellent schools, and dune of the best healthcare of any region in the Appalachian Mountains. Your family may have been here for generations, and you have watched our area thrive.
Regardless of how you ended up in the Asheville area, there is so much to see and enjoy. It is important, however, to remember some of the hidden dangers for you and your pets. Flea and ticks are tiny terrors for your furry friends. Here is how Avery Creek Pet Hospital can help you prevent them from making bothering your pets.
How Avery Creek Pet Hospital Helps Owners Protect Pets from Fleas and Ticks
Fleas and ticks are parasites. To survive, they need mammals as hosts. Your dog, cat, small pets, and livestock make the perfect target. Unfortunately, fleas and ticks can make animals exceptionally uncomfortable and sick. From ticks, pets are susceptible to getting Lyme disease. Cats specifically can get Cytauxzoonosis, which causes fever, appetite loss, and can lead to death in some cases. Fleas cause irritation that can lead to pets scratching away their fur and wounds becoming infected. It does not take long for fleas to multiply and take over your home.
Here are a few steps you can take to reduce the potential for your furry friend to encounter fires and ticks, including:
- Keeping firewood and burn piles away from the areas in which your dogs and cats like to play and explore.
- Keeping your grass short. Ticks and fleas love to hide and wait for your pets in tall grass.
- Keeping an eye on your pet’s fur. You will probably need to check your pets every day or every time they come in from outside.
- Keeping your pets inside. During flea and tick season, you may choose to limit your pet's exposure to the outdoors.
Veterinarians agree that prevention is key to protecting your pets from the dangers of fleas and ticks. While we typically have relatively cool winters, there are some species of ticks that survive the cold, such as brown dog ticks. With the potential for fleas and ticks throughout the year, many vets are recommending year-round flea and tick prevention. In the Asheville area, you can trust the expert veterinarians and staff at Avery Creek Pet Hospital to walk you through what you need to know to protect your precious pets from fleas and ticks. Contact us to schedule your pet’s wellness check up and ask about year-round flea and tick treatments.