Animals/ Pets

Flea and Tick Prevention for Dogs & Cats: What You Should Know

The tick and flea season is here, and homeowners nationwide are highly alert for those pesky unwanted visitors. Don’t worry, pet moms and dads! Keep us on the edge to ensure you’re prepared to fight the good fight so that you can keep your furry friend healthy this summer!

What Is Flea and Tick Prevention

Pet owners use this method to protect their pets, cats, and homes from flea or tick infestations. These parasites can feed on animal and/or human blood. The most commonly used prevention strategies comprise:

Topical treatments for ticks and fleas

Collars

Shampoos

How Can My Pets Get Fleas & Ticks

Since ticks and fleas thrive in warm environments with a constant food source, your pet’s fur is the ideal place for them to hide and make their home. While ticks favor shady, humid climates, these bugs are found in every climate zone. They’re adept jumpers and typically transmitted via wildlife or even rodents.

Your pet doesn’t need to run through the woods for a walk to be bitten by fleas or ticks. Every time you go outside, it can expose them to risk, which is why prevention is vital!

What Seasons Should You Be Using Flea & Tick Prevention?

It’s dependent on the location you reside in! The season of ticks and fleas is more severe during spring and the summertime throughout the United States, but they can be found anywhere in any season. Better safe than sorry when you want to ask us!

Why Is Flea and Tick Prevention Important

The problem of infestations with ticks and fleas is tougher to control than stop. The life cycle for these insects means eliminating them is difficult and expensive. We strongly suggest taking preventative steps before you let them know that either your pet’s house is their summer vacation place.

In addition to the damage they cause to the body internally, both fleas and ticks are dangerous for pets and humans externally, too. They can irritate the skin, causing itching and allergic reactions in people and animals.

What Illnesses Can Fleas or Ticks Cause

Ticks and fleas can carry various diseases, and some are chronic.

The most commonly-used flea in North America can transmit:

Murine Typhus

Flea-Borne Spotted Fever

Cat-Scratch Disease

Flea Tapeworms

Ticks are a vector for infections such as:

Lyme Disease

Ehrlichiosis

Anaplasmosis

Rickettsiosis

Unfortunately, there’s a long list of things to do… The list goes on and on. Aren’t trying to make you feel scared (sorry! ). However, we’re sure you’re wondering how to keep your pet safe. Here are some suggestions for canines as well as outdoor cats.

Flea and Tick Prevention for Dogs & Cats

Consult your veterinarian about preventative collars and topical treatments.

Make sure the treatment is specifically designed for your pet – not every dog treatment is designed for cats!

Check for pests regularly after the time you’ve spent outdoors.

Act quickly! The quicker a tick can be removed, the less likely to cause severe damage.

Maintain lawns in your yard shorter.

If you find a pest, it is recommended to treat all pets simultaneously to prevent a long-term infestation.