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Howard County Pets: Preventing fleas, ticks and other parasites
Howard County Pets: Preventing fleas, ticks and other parasites

Q: Considering the cold, snowy winter we just had, can pet owners look forward to any relief this year in dealing with fleas, ticks and other parasites? A: Ahh, if only! Cold winters may reduce the parasite population, but these hardy and horrifying pests always make a comeback. So knowing your prevention options is as important as ever. External parasites include fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and sarcoptic mange. Fleas can cause maddening allergic skin reactions and transmit a scary variety of viral and bacterial diseases (as well as some internal parasites) to both animals and humans. For example, bartonellosis, transmitted by fleas, is a serious chronic disease in people, causing fatigue and...

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