Furry Friend: Know the Important 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! Now that you know how they attack your pet, this cycle causes tremendous 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 transfer of these infections to you.
As a responsible pet owner, it is essential to be aware when your dog has fleas. If your pet is constantly scratching, that is one indication that your dog or cat has fleas, so confirm this with the use of a fine-tooth comb and search through your pet’s hair small black like-commas which are flea feces and fleas. Always remember that proper grooming and regular bathing are important to prevent flea and tick infestations and for healthier pets. 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. 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.
With the prescription of a trusted and reputable veterinarian adult fleas and their eggs can be eliminated by orally administering flea pills to your dog or cat, but there are no oral medications available for ticks yet. 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. For a full protection, you can opt for flea collars for your furry friends that can be worn for six months and these are very effective and waterproof. Always follow your vet’s advice and instructions especially using medications for flea and tick treatment.
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