Fleas and ticks are more than just a nuisance. They can make your horse extremely uncomfortable and cause several different types of illnesses, like flea allergy dermatitis and tapeworm infestations. Anderson Equine Veterinary Clinic can evaluate your equine to determine the best type of flea prevention medication.
Health Hazards Of Fleas And Ticks in Horses
Fleas and ticks carry diseases that can cause serious harm to your equine. The most common problem associated with fleas is flea allergy dermatitis, which causes excessive itching, skin inflammation, sores, and hair loss. The second most common problem associated with fleas is tapeworms. Fleas can carry tapeworm eggs, and when the flea bites your horse, the egg can be deposited under your horse’s skin, causing a tapeworm infestation.
Ticks are known to carry many different types of bacteria that can cause zoonosis, rocky mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease. Lyme disease causes lethargy, pain in your equine’s joints and a decrease in appetite. Rocky Mountain spotted fever can cause skin lesions, vomiting, problems with your horse’s nervous system and depression. Zoonosis is known for causing bloody diarrhea, fevers, runny noses, and watering eyes.
For horses who are small or advanced in age, a severe flea infestation can cause anemia, which is characterized by rapid breathing, lack of appetite and excessive sleeping. If you suspect your horse has anemia due to fleas, it is an emergency situation.
Types Of Flea Prevention Medication Available
When it comes to preventing fleas and ticks, there are several different types of medications available, including sprays, oral tablets, spot-on treatments, and flea collars. Anderson Equine Veterinary Clinic can help you decide which method is best for your equine, depending on his or her lifestyle.
- Oral Tablets – Typically given once a month to control fleas and ticks. When the parasite bites your horse, it ingests the medication and dies.
- Spot-On Treatments – Placed between your horse’s shoulder blades once a month. Kills fleas and ticks on contact.
- Sprays – Spray onto your horse’s hair to control in-progress flea and tick infestations can last as long as 30 days.
Flea and Tick Prevention Help With Anderson Equine Veterinary Clinic
When it comes to controlling fleas and ticks, you can count on us to provide you with the right type of medication for your equine and advice on how to rid your home of flea infestations. If you are looking for a medication where the parasite does not need to bite your horse in order to be killed, we may recommend spot-on treatments. If you are looking for a no-hassle way to control fleas and ticks in your horse, oral tablets may be the right solution. If you have a current flea infestation, you may want to use a spray treatment that kills fleas and ticks on contact.