Flea and Tick Season Is Starting Early This Year

Warmer Winter Season and Above-Average Temperatures Bring Out Insects Earlier

With a winter season that produced above-average temperatures and a negligible amount of snowfall, Central Veterinary Associates is urging pet owners to protect their pets from fleas and ticks as these insects are coming out earlier this year because of the warmer weather.

Fleas usually feed off your pet’s bloodstream around the head, neck and tail. After they are bitten, pets will usually scratch or bite themselves around those areas, which become red and inflamed as a result. As your pet chews at the area affected by fleas, they may swallow them. This may allow your pet to also get tapeworms, an intestinal parasite. Pets that are allergic to flea saliva will have more pronounced symptoms. Because of the compulsive scratching and biting, pets may lose hair, get bald spots, exhibit “hot spots” due to extreme skin irritation and develop infections that result in odors emanating from the skin. In more extreme cases, pets may also suffer from anemia. Lastly, fleas can transmit a bacteria called Bartonella, which is a common disease in cats.

Like fleas, ticks can feed off an animal’s bloodstream and also deliver diseases through their mouths when biting through the animal’s skin. Pets that are bitten by ticks may exhibit changes in behavior or appetite. Tick bites may be hard to detect in pets, especially because the ticks usually start small and are not noticeable until a full blood meal has been taken. Long Island is one of the top areas for ticks in the United States.

Central Veterinary Associates urges all pet owners to keep their pets safe from fleas and ticks year round and especially during the spring season. The warmer weather provides a great opportunity for your pets to go outside for a walk or to run around, but it also means that they will be exposed to these insects. It will be much easier and healthier for your pet to prevent these infestations from occurring than having to treat them.

1 comment to Flea and Tick Season Is Starting Early This Year

  • Bryan Lord

    Dear CVA:
    Thanks so much for all the informational emails. My two cats (2 years old apiece) are long overdue for a checkup, but the fees are kind of expensive. Do offer any discount rates anywhere?

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