Fleas and ticks can cause a number of diseases in pets as well as skin irritations and allergic reactions. You may not notice the fleas but only see the results of the bites. Ticks can cause various illnesses and even paralysis if untreated. This can result in death due to respiratory failure. Make sure you use tick flea treatments monthly to control and prevent flea infestations. Check the tick and flea treatments purchased to ensure they are safe for your pet. Some treatments can be used for dogs but not for cats. Ask your vet for advice if you are unsure. Treatments can include oral chews, tick and flea collars, sprays, rinses and spot on products.
Even if you have used preventatives, you should still check your pet often to make sure there is no infestation. This is important especially during tick season. Run your hand over the skin and feel for lumps. Ticks are usually found around the neck, head and ears but can be anywhere on the body. Symptoms of tick paralysis can include: laboured breathing, hyperventilation, coughing or grunting, lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, general weakness, and changes in the sound of the bark or loss of voice or wobbly legs. If your pet shows any symptoms, ensure they are treated immediately to reduce the risk of death from the tick bites.