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. The worse part is female fleas laying hundred of eggs on your furry friends, making them unsuspecting hosts for many generations! Fleas and ticks are pets’ small but terrible hidden enemy causing irritability, 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 transferring these infections to pet owners as well.
As a responsible pet owner, it is essential to be aware when your dog has fleas. Constant scratching is a manifestation of flea and tick infestation, so search through your pet’s hair using a fine-tooth comb to look for small black like-commas which are flea feces and fleas. Just bear in mind that an important step in preventing flea and tick infestation is regular bathing and proper grooming of your furry friend. 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 a wide range of treatment options for treating flea and tick infestations, and topical flea and tick treatments include 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 follow your vet’s advice and instructions especially using medications for flea and tick treatment.