Here’s the good news: Arizona is not among the top states for fleas! We’ll leave that honor to states in the Southeast and the West Coast. But, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be concerned about your pet contracting fleas here in Arizona. With the warmer weather hitting earlier this year, that means the summer flea—and tick—season is upon us earlier, as well. All the more reason to understand why it’s important to take measures to protect your dogs and cats.
The Environmental Factor
In our arid climate, we have our own variety of desert adapted fleas and ticks. If your pets spend any time outdoors, they are susceptible to picking up one of these disease-carrying parasites. And, they are especially at risk of picking up pesky critters from infested desert rodents…even if you live in a cultivated yard.
Your Pet’s Reaction
If you see your pet constantly scratching, you may want to check their skin for any parasitical invaders. Both fleas and ticks can cause itchiness and, in some cases, allergic reactions in dogs and cats. Surprisingly enough, it doesn’t take a whole army of fleas or ticks to cause a reaction. It can take just one bite to drive your pet crazy.
Fleas and ticks both carry a variety of diseases that cannot only affect our pets, but us as well. Here are the two most prevalent:
- Tick Fever: A common disease caused by the blood parasite Ehrlichia, which is transferred by tick bites.
- Plague: Arizona is one of the leading states in the Western U.S. for this disease carried by rodent fleas.
If you suspect either fleas or ticks on your pets, you will want to contact your veterinarian right away. Of course, the best course of action is flea and tick prevention…before your dog or cat becomes a target.
At Anasazi Animal Clinic, we are offering 10% off flea and tick prevention through the month of April. We recommend protecting your pets now before the season gets in full swing.
Contact us here to make your appointment. Your pet will thank you!