MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The unseasonably mild winter continues to have big impacts on the spring season. Fleas and ticks are swarming in the Mid-South and your pet is at an increased risk of running into these pests if not properly protected.
Jennifer Karnes, Central Animal Hospital Veterinarian, says, "We are still seeing fleas and ticks from last year. We never got that lull this winter that we traditionally get."
Central Animal Hospital is treating double the number of pets this year compared to last year for fleas and ticks. Fleas can cause anemia in your pet. They can transmit worms. Ticks carry several different bacteria that can cause illness. Monthly flea and tick control is crucial in helping to protect your pet.
Veterinarians suggest also using a flea comb when you groom your pet and to bathe your pet frequently. Fleas can multiply extremely fast. Vacuuming the inside of your home will help dispose of any eggs and larvae that have made their way inside.
Monthly prevention medicine should also be used to protect your pet from heart worms. The disease is carried by mosquitoes and can be potentially fatal. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.