Protection from fleas and ticks is imperative for your pets. The fur on your pet creates the perfect environment for fleas and ticks to flourish. They feed on your pet’s blood, and cause various health issues from allergic reactions to tick-borne diseases. Arizona does not rank as highly as some other states for flea and tick population, but it’s still a concern. East Valley Animal Hospital provides high-quality care for your pets to ensure the best of health in all areas. It is important to take measures to protect your dogs and cats from flea and ticks.

Arizona Environment

Our year-round warm temperatures give fleas and ticks a great environment to thrive and reproduce. Our arid climate hosts its own special varieties 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. Your pets also have a high risk of picking up these pests from wild rodents, even if you have a cultivated yard in the middle of suburbia.

Pet Reactions

If your pet is constantly scratching themselves, it may be a sign of parasitic invaders. Both fleas and ticks can cause itchiness and, in some cases, allergic reactions. Some of the symptoms of allergic reactions include:

  • Hives
  • Congestion
  • Extreme itching and sensitivity
  • Salivation
  • Vomiting
  • Respiratory concerns
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatality in severe cases

Surprisingly enough, it doesn’t take a whole army of fleas or ticks to cause a reaction. It can take just one bite. To prevent any allergic reactions or diseases, it is important to protect your pet.  

If you suspect or see any signs of possible ticks or fleas, contact us at East Valley Animal Hospital right away. The best way to avoid  reactions and diseases starts with preventative care through flea and tick protection.

East Valley Animal Hospital is committed to providing excellent protection for your pets. To learn more about how we can help you avoid future health scares for your pet, come visit us today.


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