Don't Let Fleas and Ticks Harm Your Pets
Both ticks and fleas are harmful vermin that can cause a lot of problems for your pets. Ticks carry many diseases including lyme disease and rocky mountain fever. These health problems can severely damage your pets. Fleas can cause tapeworms and can bite your pet, causing them pain.
It’s important for people to help treat their pets for any pests, but especially for fleas and ticks. Early treatment can minimize the effects of any type of disease that would otherwise cause your pets problems. The first step is trying to prevent fleas and ticks from becoming a factor in the first place. In the event that doesn’t work, there are products which can help with treating your pets. Keep them healthy and keep them happy.
Tips for Preventing Fleas and Ticks
Ideally, you want to help your pets and ensure that they never get fleas or ticks in the first place. While it’s impossible to get the opportunity down to 0%, there’s many things that can be done to reduce the chances of fleas or ticks. Some of these include:
- Yard Maintenance - Ticks especially love to live in long grass and unkempt areas. By cleaning up a yard and keeping things looking trim, it’s less likely that they will get on your dog (or cat, if you allow your cat outdoors).
- Change Walking Patterns - As mentioned, ticks love the long grass. If you are used to walking your dog through fields or trails, then it’s far more likely than if you walk through manicured parks or other areas.
- Regular Grooming - Regular grooming is always a good idea for pets. By grooming your pet, you’ll be able to keep an eye on any external threat they may face. Ticks are usually easily found during grooming. Tick checks should be part of the procedure. If you can find a tick before it transmits disease to your pet, then extra treatment won’t be required.
- Home Cleaning - Keeping a clean home can make it much easier to spot potential signs of fleas having arrived in the home. In addition, a clean home makes it less likely they will get onto pets in the first place.
Flea and Tick Treatment Products
There are many different kinds of products that can be used to help dogs and cats with their flea and tick purposes. The first and most important thing to remember is to never use a product designed for dogs on cats, or vice versa. Also, make sure that any medication or treatment which is used is not expired. Some of the types of medications include:
- Oral Medications - It’s true some pets don’t enjoy an oral medication, but they can be very useful treatments. They can prevent fleas and ticks, and often include prevention of other conditions like worms or heartworm disease!
- Powders - These can be very strong treatments. They are rubbed into the fur and onto the skin of each pet. They are not to be inhaled or eaten by the pet in question.
- Collars - Flea collars have been used for many decades. These collars feature chemicals which will slow released into the pets fur and skin over many weeks. The downside is that collars often have distinctive chemical smells and can irritate a pet as well.
- Shampoos and Dips - These two options are linked together because they both are applied in roughly the same way. Shampoos are used while giving your pet a nice bath. Dips are concentrated chemicals that need to be diluted to be safe to use, but is then poured over your pet. People need to be careful in particular around dips to make sure they don’t get them into their pets eyes or mouth. The same can be said for the owner’s eyes and mouth as well!
- Topical Medication - These have become some of the most common and popular treatment options. These topical medications are placed at one spot on the body, but then it will spread throughout the body. These treatments are water resistant and still work after a bath!