What I Can Teach You About Animals

Facts and Tips About Flea and Tick Prevention

They may be small as a head of a pin, fleas and ticks are considered a major nuisance for pets and their owners. 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.

As a responsible pet owner, it is essential to be aware when your dog has fleas. Constant scratching is a good indication of flea infestation, so validate this by using a fine-tooth comb and search through your dog’s hair, and also look for small black like-commas which are fleas and flea feces. Keep in mind the importance of regular grooming and bathing for a healthier pet and prevention of flea and tick infestations. Help prevent flea and tick infestation by always keeping your pets on a leash when hiking or walking; regularly combing your pet with a flea comb; vacuuming regularly and dispose trash and unused bags right away; weekly washing your pet’s bedding; using a veterinary-recommended pet shampoo for your cat or dog; always checking for ticks if your dog spends time in the woods or wooden areas; always marking your calendar for regular application of flea and tick products or treatments; and using flea and tick collars for longer lasting protection against fleas and ticks. There are a wide range of treatment options for treating flea and tick infestations, and topical flea and tick treatments include 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.

With the prescription of a trusted and reputable veterinarian adult fleas and their eggs can be eliminated by orally administering flea pills to your dog or cat, but there are no oral medications available for ticks yet. 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. For a longer lasting treatment, flea collars are the best for killing both fleas and ticks that can be worn for about six months. You need to know what kind of fleas and ticks are in your area and always follow your vet’s advice, and instructions especially using medications for flea and tick treatment.