Your Pet's Wellness Care: Spotlight on Parasite Prevention and Vaccines

Protecting Your Pet from Fleas and Ticks in New York City

Parasite prevention is a very important part of responsible pet care. Fleas and ticks are more than a nuisance; they carry diseases dangerous to you and your pet.

Understanding the Risks of Tick-Borne Disease

Tick-borne diseases in New York include Lyme Disease, Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis and they are a threat to you and your dog, especially during the warmer months of the year. Ticks and tick eggs live in the grass and weeds your dog may run through on outings to the park. To help prevent transmission, check and brush your dog after being outside, especially in grassy or brushy areas. If a tick is attached to your dog's skin, remove it carefully with tweezers and wash the affected bite area and your hands afterward.

Avoiding Flea Infestation

Fleas are most abundant during the warm weather; however, if left untreated, they can be a problem year-round. In fact, flea infestation is one of the most common medical problems veterinarians see. Your pet can be allergic to fleas, and even just one bite can result in a severely painful skin infection. Fleas can also transmit serious diseases such as bartonellosis (the bacteria that causes "cat scratch disease" in people), and parasites like tapeworms.

Effective Preventive Treatments at Our Veterinary Hospital in Manhattan

The best course of action to protect your pet and yourself from fleas, ticks and the potential of tick-borne disease is prevention. There are many safe, effective flea and tick control products available at our hospital, and our veterinarians will help you choose the correct preventive regimen based on your pet's risk factors and health status.

Keeping You Aware and Your Pet Healthy

If you suspect your pet has acquired a tick-borne disease, or if you have any questions about the prevalence of certain diseases in our East Side community, please call East Side Animal Hospital to make an appointment and have your pet tested.

We are also available to help you properly address any flea problems your pet may be experiencing. Our veterinary hospital in Manhattan offers a number of flea treatments, including medicated baths to help eliminate your pet's fleas and help him or her feel and look great.

Balanced Vaccination Protocols

Vaccinations play a large part in keeping your pet healthy and free from disease. However, not every pet requires the same series or frequency of vaccines. Our veterinarians tailor a vaccine protocol to your pet based on his or her breed, age, lifestyle and guidelines set forth by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

For more information about the dog shots and cat shots we offer, and how they can protect overall pet wellness, please call our East Side veterinary hospital today.