What you need to know about anemia in animals

What you need to know about anemia in animals

Most pet owners know that a lack of flea and tick control can result in a slew of health complications. An infestation can manifest into heartworm and other diseases, which may negatively impact cat and dog wellness. However, not all animal owners are up to speed on exactly how an infestation can wreak havoc on their lives.

For instance, Lyme disease is commonly associated with ticks, while fleas are blamed for the itching and scratching on pets. However, they can do more than just cause irritation – these parasites can cause substantial damage to an animal's health as pet owners in Marshall, Texas, are finding. Dog and cat owners are finding it challenging to fight fleas and ticks as summer rolls on, according to the Marshall News Messenger. 

The veterinarian's office in Marshall reported that there's been a large number of patients coming in for fleas. Infestations become so severe that cats and dogs begin licking their fur to find relief from the irritation on their skin. In turn, they ingest flea larvae, which can lead to the development of tapeworms.

Many pet owners don't realize that a lingering infestation can develop into anemia as well. Fleas feed in the bodies of their hosts, and allowing them to remain on a cat or dog over time results in the animal losing an ample amount of blood.

Dogs and anemia
Dogs who develop anemia may begin to show signs of the condition in the form of shallow breathing, rapid heartbeat and lethargy, according to The Daily Puppy. Depending on the severity of the ailment, a pet may show one or all of these symptoms of anemia. VCA Animal Hospitals noted that the condition may be diagnosed in an animal through blood testing, which determines the concentration of white blood cells in the pet's body. Corticosteroids and other medications may be used to treat the ailment.

Needless to say, pet owners should do their best to avoid parasites altogether. Products such as the Hartz® UltraGuard Plus® Flea & Tick Collar for Puppies can keep fleas, ticks and mosquitoes away from puppies for up to seven months, giving individuals peace of mind. Similar products are available for cats and kittens.

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