As the weather gets warmer, your cat or dog will likely want to stay outdoors more. But the rising temperatures also bring out fleas and ticks. Not only can these pesky parasites make life miserable for your dog or cat, but they also can cause serious diseases. Flea and tick prevention methods are the best way to control these irksome critters while protecting your pets, family, and home.
Fleas – Not a Fun-filled Circus
Did you know there are more than 2,200 kinds of fleas? However, it only takes one to torment your pet. Fleas feed by injecting saliva into your pet’s skin. Their saliva can cause a serious allergic reaction called flea allergy dermatitis. Symptoms include itching and scratching, redness, flaky skin, scabs, and hair loss.
Additionally, fleas carry tapeworm larvae. When your dog or cat chews at a flea-bitten spot, your pet may swallow the flea. The larvae can grow into adult tapeworms inside your pet’s intestines.
Ticks – Ticking Disease-ridden Time Bombs
Ticks are small arachnids, related to spiders and mites, that feed on your dog or cat’s blood. Tick bites can cause itching, burning, redness, and, occasionally, severe pain. Their bites can also result in infection, abscesses, paralysis, and even death. Furthermore, tick bites can transmit debilitating diseases like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis, and ehrlichiosis.
4 Flea and Tick Prevention Steps to Take
If you want to keep your dog or cat flea and tick free, here are some different methods to protect your pet from these parasites:
- Flea and tick prevention products. There are a wide variety of flea and tick prevention products available for both cats and dogs. These products include pet collars, powders, sprays, oral medications, and spot-on treatments. Flea and tick prevention products are safe, effective, and easy to administer. Talk to your veterinarian to determine which product will work best for your pet. If your pet has become infested, you may need to treat your pet repeatedly. Note: You should never use flea and tick prevention products that are intended for dogs on cats. These products can be highly toxic to your feline friend. Therefore, only use flea and tick prevention products made specifically for cats.
- Bath time flea and tick control products. Flea and tick shampoos and dips can help kill and wash away pests already in your pet’s fur. And these products can protect your dog or cat from future infestations.
- Flea grooming. Place your dog or cat on a white towel or sheet. Comb your pet’s fur with flea comb at least once a day. Look to see if any fleas drop or if there are any dried blood flakes from flea bites. Shake any droppings into a container of soapy water and flush it down the toilet.
- Tick grooming. If your pet has been in wooded or grassy areas, check for ticks at least once a day. If you find a tick, you’ll want to remove it with tweezers or a ticker removal tool. Grasp the tick as close to the mouth as possible. Gently pull until the tick lets go. You can also ask your veterinarian to remove the tick, too.
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