Dogs – My Most Valuable Advice

Nov 17

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. 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. 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 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. 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. Typically, a flea shampoo can kill adult fleas for a day whereas 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. There are flea pills that 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. For a longer lasting treatment, flea collars are the best for killing both fleas and ticks that can be worn for about six months. Always remember to follow the instructions of any treatment option especially using medications.