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Your Ultimate Guide 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. The worse part is female fleas laying hundred of eggs on your furry friends, 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. 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. You can prevent flea and tick infestations of your furry friends by 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; 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; 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. Typically, a flea shampoo can kill adult fleas for a day whereas flea powders can last up to a week.

The most successful in fighting fleas are pills which are orally administered needing the prescription of a licensed veterinarian, that target flea eggs, and adult fleas. 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. 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.