Furry Friend: Know the Important 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. In just a day, fleas and ticks can attack your dog or cat and bite them for more than four hundred times which is equivalent to consumption of more than your furry friend’s body weight and blood volume. Female fleas have the capability to lay hundreds of eggs on your cats and dogs, making them unsuspecting hosts for many generations! This can result to tremendous itchiness and continuous scratches from flea bites leading to skin irritations, open wound sores, and fur loss.
As a pet owner, it is important to know when your furry friend 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. In order to help prevent this condition, always keep your pets on a leash when hiking or walking; regularly comb your pet with a flea comb; vacuum regularly and dispose trash and unused bags right away; weekly wash your pet’s bedding; use a veterinary-recommended pet shampoo for your cat or dog; always check for ticks if your dog spends time in the woods or wooden areas; always mark your calendar for regular application of flea and tick products or treatments; and use flea and tick collars for longer lasting protection against fleas and ticks. There are different types of flea and tick topical treatments such as spot-on treatments,shampoos, and powders, eliminating fleas with varying 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. 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.