FLEAS AND TICKS
Don’t listen to all of the hocus pocus: Flea and tick prevention IS important for your pets and your household.
Fleas and ticks are external parasites, which means they live on the outside of the bodies, of dogs and cats. Unfortunately, they are commonly seen in this area of the country. Fleas and ticks can be very irritating, cause skin conditions, and may even carry diseases (some of which can affect people). Even animals that are “indoor only” are susceptible to being affected by fleas and ticks. Both fleas and ticks can be brought into homes by indoor/outdoor animals, or even by riding in on th eshoes or clothing of people.
Treat the yard
Spray the yard with outdoor flea/tick sprays. This will help manage the population in your yard. However, it is not sufficient for preventing fleas/ticks on your pets by itself.
TREAT THE HOUSE
In the event of a flea outbreak in your home, it is important to properly treat the house. Thoroughly clean all bedding, toys, rugs, and carpeting. Change your vacuum bag out after each vaccuming. Use indoor flea sprays or foggers.
TREAT THE PET
There are many flea/tick preventatives on the market for both dogs and cats. Some are are given by mouth, while others are applied to the skin. Keeping your pet(s) on regular flea/tick prevention year-found is key to keeping your pet flea and tick free.
Popular flea and tick preventatives to consider:
NO FLEAS SEEN ـــ NO PROBLEM
When you’re not seeing any fleas on your cat or dog, you might think flea prevention isn’t necessary. But flea preventives do just that—prevent fleas. These products should be used BEFORE a flea infestation is discovered. Additionally, flea problems often start long before any fleas are actually seen on your cat or dog. Because cats are such excessive groomers, you might never see evidence of fleas on them. However, this doesn’t mean that they don’t have fleas.
A single adult flea can lay up to 50 eggs a day, so a flea infestation can start very quickly. Once an infestation is present, each pet must be treated along with the home and yard. It’s so much easier to prevent fleas than it is to deal with their consequences!
THE “NEED-TO-KNOWS” ABOUT TICKS
Contrary to popular belief, ticks do not live in trees. Therefore, just because you don’t live in a wooded area, doesn’t mean your animals aren’t at risk for being exposed to ticks. Ticks actually live on the ground in all kinds of different environments. They typically crawl up grass blades onto the host and then migrate upwards. This is why they are often found near the head (not because they fall from trees).
Lyme disease is a tick-borne disease that most people have heard about. Ticks can also carry other life-threatening diseases, such as ehrilichia, rocky mountain spotted fever, and cytauxzoonosis. These diseases are not only a threat to your animals, but some are even a threat to you. Thus, it is imperitive to keep your dogs and cats on tick prevention year-round.