Facts and Tips About Flea and Tick Prevention
Fleas and ticks may be so small as a head of a pin but they are a major cause of nuisance for pets and owners. Fleas and ticks have the ability to attacks dogs and cats, biting them four hundred times in just a day, which is equivalent to your furry friend’s body weight and blood volume. Just imagine a flea with the capability to lay hundreds of eggs on your cat or dog, making your furry friend a very good host for many future flea and tick 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. Constant scratching is a manifestation of flea and tick infestation, so search through your pet’s hair using a fine-tooth comb to look for small black like-commas which are flea feces and fleas. Just bear in mind that an important step in preventing flea and tick infestation is regular bathing and proper grooming of your furry friend. 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. The different types of topical flea and tick medication include spot-on treatments, shampoos, and powders, eliminating fleas with different success rates. Flea shampoos can kill adult fleas for a day while 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. Within four hours, fleas can be eliminated with the use of flea pills that come in capsules, but if your dog doesn’t like it, you can give chewable tablets instead. 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.