From itching to infection: 5 common problems caused by ticks and fleas in pets

Ticks and fleas, those notorious mischief-makers, can turn your pet’s life into an itchy adventure. But their effects go beyond scratches and burns. These little troublemakers can cause a surprising range of problems in our furry friends. As pet owners, it’s important to be aware of the common problems these parasites can cause. From skin irritations to more serious ailments, ticks and fleas can wreak havoc on our beloved pets. It is important to understand the most common pet problems caused by ticks and fleas, highlighting the importance of prevention and early intervention to ensure the well-being of our four-legged friends. (Also read: Tips for keeping your pet hydrated in the midst of extreme heat and humidity )

Ticks and fleas aren't just a nuisance for our furry friends;  They can also pose serious health risks.  (freepik)
Ticks and fleas aren’t just a nuisance for our furry friends; They can also pose serious health risks. (freepik)

Common problems caused by ticks and fleas in pets

Dr Deepak Saraswat, Chief Veterinarian, Zigly, shared with HT Lifestyle, some unexpected problems like ticks and fleas and unique challenges faced by our beloved pets.

1. Suffering from flea allergy dermatitis

Itching is no stranger to flea infestations, but some pets suffer from an extreme type of allergy called flea allergy dermatitis (FAD). When these pesky parasites feast on your pet’s blood, they inject saliva containing allergenic compounds. Pets with FAD experience intense itching, hair loss, redness and swelling of the skin. As scratching intensifies the irritation, the cycle continues, resulting in a never-ending battle against discomfort.

2. Uninvited guests

Fleas and ticks are not shy about inviting themselves into our homes. Once they get a ride on your pet, they can easily hide in your living areas, carpets, bedding and furniture. This unwanted invasion can turn your peaceful haven into a breeding ground for these pests. Keeping your home clean and treated, the environment is important to prevent their relentless return.

3. Silent tick-borne diseases

Ticks aren’t just bloodsuckers; They are also notorious carriers of dangerous diseases. Lyme disease, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, and many more are transmitted silently by these tiny arachnids. Symptoms can be elusive, making it challenging to find the root cause of your pet’s illness. A thorough examination by a veterinarian, combined with preventive measures, can help protect the health of your pet.

4. Scary side effects of anemia

Fleas are relentless bloodsuckers, and when they latch on to your pet, they consume only their fair share. In severe infections, these blood-sucking worms can cause anemia—a condition in which the number of red blood cells decreases. Pets with anemia may experience weakness, lethargy, pale gums, and decreased vitality. Quick action is critical to restoring your pet’s blood health and energy levels.

5. The dreaded double whammy

Flea and tick infestations often bring unwanted companions – secondary infections. Constant scratching and biting can break down the skin’s protective barrier, leaving your pet susceptible to bacterial and fungal infections. These opportunistic invaders can complicate the treatment process, prolong discomfort, and hinder your pet’s recovery. Identifying and addressing these secondary infections is essential to break the vicious cycle of itching and infection.

Dr. Deepak added, “Now that you are familiar with these unique challenges, it’s time to take steps to save your four-legged friend. Regular preventative measures, such as flea and tick treatments recommended by your veterinarian, are necessary to keep these pests at bay. Vigilance is key – check your pet for any signs of infection and consult your veterinarian immediately if you suspect a problem. Creating a pet-friendly environment involves more than caring for your furry friend.”

“Regularly cleaning and treating your home, vacuuming carpets, washing bedding, and using pet-safe insecticides, will help eliminate any lingering pests in your living spaces. By staying one step ahead of these crafty adversaries, you can protect your pet’s You can protect well-being and ensure they enjoy a happy, itch-free life. Remember, together we can overcome the unexpected challenges posed by ticks and fleas and create a sanctuary of comfort for our beloved companions,” concluded Dr. Deepak.

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