Facts and Tips About Flea and Tick Prevention

Although they may be small as a head of a pin, fleas and ticks are really nuisance for our pets. A flea can attack your dog or cat and bite four hundred times in just one day that is equivalent to more than the blood volume and body weight of your furry friend. Female fleas have the capability to lay hundreds of eggs on your cats and dogs, making them unsuspecting hosts for many generations! Fleas and ticks are pets’ small but terrible hidden enemy causing irritability, itchiness and constant scratches from flea bites leading to skin irritations, fur loss, open sores, allergic reactions, transmission of Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme Disease, and transferring these infections to pet owners as well.

It is important to know when your dog or cat has fleas. If your pet is constantly scratching, that is one indication that your dog or cat has fleas, so confirm this with the use of a fine-tooth comb and search through your pet’s hair small black like-commas which are flea feces and fleas. Keep in mind the importance of regular grooming and bathing for a healthier pet and prevention of flea and tick infestations. In order to help prevent this condition, always keep your pets on a leash when hiking or walking; regularly comb your pet with a flea comb; vacuum regularly and dispose trash and unused bags right away; weekly wash your pet’s bedding; use a veterinary-recommended pet shampoo for your cat or dog; always check for ticks if your dog spends time in the woods or wooden areas; always mark your calendar for regular application of flea and tick products or treatments; and use flea and tick collars for longer lasting protection against fleas and ticks. There are different types of flea and tick topical treatments such as spot-on treatments,shampoos, and powders, eliminating fleas with varying success rates. Typically, a flea shampoo can kill adult fleas for a day whereas flea powders can last up to a week.

Although there is no oral medication for ticks, adult fleas, and their eggs can be eliminated by orally administering flea pills to your dog or cat with the prescription of a trusted and reputable veterinarian. It is really fast to eliminate fleas with fleas pills that may come in capsules, but if your dog doesn’t like it, you can give chewable tablets instead, and these can kill fleas within four hours. Flea collars can kill both fleas and ticks and they need to be worn for about six months. Always follow your vet’s advice and instructions especially using medications for flea and tick treatment.