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Furry Friend: Know the Important Facts and Tips About Flea and Tick Prevention

Fleas and ticks may be so small as a head of a pin but they are a major cause of nuisance for pets and 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.

It is important to know when your dog or cat 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. 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 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. It is really fast to eliminate fleas with fleas pills that may 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. Flea collars can kill both fleas and ticks and they need to be worn for about six months. 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.