Fleas and Ticks
Fleas are small parasites that bite pets and humans. Flea bites cause the skin to become inflamed, which is itchy. Fleas can also transmit tapeworms to cats and dogs. This happens when animals swallow fleas when grooming. Some cats and dogs are allergic to flea bites. These pets can become extremely itchy if bitten by just one flea.
Ticks are blood-sucking parasites that attach themselves firmly onto a pet. They grow in size over several days as they suck blood, then drop off to complete their life cycle. Ticks are usually picked up when dogs and cats walk through long grass. They can cause anaemia and can transmit infectious diseases like erlichiosis or babesiosis that can cause anemia and fever. Both fleas and ticks are very common in Portugal especially in spring and summer.
Please contact us if you need advice on treating your pet for worms, fleas and ticks.