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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. 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. 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. 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. The different types of topical flea and tick medication include spot-on treatments, shampoos, and powders, eliminating fleas with different success rates. Typically, a flea shampoo can kill adult fleas for a day whereas flea powders can last up to a week.

The most successful in fighting fleas are pills which are orally administered needing the prescription of a licensed veterinarian, that target flea eggs, and adult fleas. Within four hours, fleas can be eliminated with the use of flea pills that come in capsules, but if your dog doesn’t like it, you can give chewable tablets instead. 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.

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