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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. A flea can attack your dog or cat and bite four hundred times in just one day that is equivalent to more than the blood volume and body weight of your furry friend. 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! 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 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. Keep in mind the importance of regular grooming and bathing for a healthier pet and prevention of flea and tick infestations. Help prevent flea and tick infestation by 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; 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; 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. 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 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. 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.