Protect Your Pet from Fleas and Ticks
Fleas and ticks are the most common external parasite (ectoparasite) of dogs and cats. Parasites can invade your pet any time of the year. Be a responsible pet parent, protect your pet from fleas and ticks. It is important to protect your pet by implementing a year-round parasite control program.
Fleas and Ticks
Fleas are wingless insects that have six legs and can jump. Fleas thrive in warm temperatures, high humidity and prolific in the summer months. Fleas can transmit tapeworm infection. Fleas are also known to give pets Allergy Dermatitis and skin irritation.
Ticks are scary arachnids. Unlike fleas that jump off, ticks crawl up. Ticks attach themselves to the skin and feed on blood. The most common that affect a dog are Brown and American dog ticks. Ticks are hardier than fleas and tougher to kill because they can survive near freezing temperatures. Ticks are known to transmit deadly Lyme disease.
Ways To Protect Your Pet
There are many ways to protect your pet against these pesky fleas and ticks.
1) Pet Care
- Comb your pet regularly and use a flea comb
- Bathe your pet and use a product that guards/kills fleas and ticks
- Regularly clean your pet’s bedding
- Vacuum frequently and dispose the bag immediately as fleas can live in rugs, carpets, cracked floors, beddings etc.
- Take care of your lawn, weekly mowing to the proper height reduces fleas and ticks
3) Flea and Tick Products
- There are numerous flea and tick products in the market. Be a smart pet parent. Select the product to best suit your pet’s need. Any concerns on product types and ingredients, consult/discuss with your veterinarian.
Looking for additional information, PetParents.com is a great resource.
Senior Pets Susceptibility
Older pets tend to be susceptible to many diseases. Extra protection is needed for safety since many senior pets become more sensitive to flea bites. Senior pets’ also have a weaker/aging immune system and drier skin. Many dog breeds like Golden Retrievers are allergic to flea bites. For the past 12 years, Sugar incurred several minor flea and ticks encounters. It was immediately caught and several precautions were taken. As Sugar continues to age, protecting her from pesky fleas and ticks is a priority. This year, I’ve elected to use a Seresto Flea and Tick collar.
Seresto Collar: New Option for Flea and Tick Protection
Seresto Flea and Tick Protection Collar for Dogs won the 2014 Better Homes and Gardens: Best New Product Award.
Sugar is currently wearing a Seresto Collar, providing reliable 8 month flea and tick protection. There is no need to remember monthly applications as it continuously supplies active ingredients to ensure defense from pesky fleas and ticks. I will share more about it next month on our Seresto Collar Review post.
What flea and tick protection do you use for your pet?
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