We’ve been enjoying some slightly better weather the past few weekends – which makes a change from the very wet summer we’ve had. I know all about pests and pest control, so I’m glad that I know how I keep my pet from picking up fleas and ticks when we’re spending so much time outdoors.
And that’s what I want to share with you – how to keep your pets from picking up fleas and ticks. Fleas and ticks seem like a constant threat whenever I take my dog for a walk or let the cat outside. Whenever I see them scratching, I immediately start worrying they’ve picked one of the blighters up!
Having the occasional flea or tick around isn’t too bad. But if you leave it untreated and just ignore the problem, you’re going to have a real mess on your hands. Heavily infested animals that are rife with fleas and ticks are in a lot of pain, lose a lot of blood and often pass away if left untreated.
As well as fleas and ticks being a real pest to your pets (no pun intended) they can also cause other problems. These pests are riddled with diseases that are easily transmitted through bites to your pets – and even scarier, to you too. If your pet accidently eats a flea or tick, it can lead to tapeworm too. Controlling these parasites keeps your pets safe, and your whole household healthy in the long run.
Managing a flea or tick infestation once it’s fully fledged is really difficult. It’s much better to prevent the problem from happening in the first place. There’s loads of products out there to help you treat fleas and ticks, but it’s always best to consult your vet for the best products. I’ve found that over the counter flea and tick control products don’t work – it’s always been the medication I got from the vets (and at the same price too) that works the best.
It’s critical that you deal with a tick or flea problem before it happens, not after you notice your pet has already been bitten. Another important thing to remember with ticks is that you shouldn’t remove them from your pet yourself unless you’ve been trained and know how to do so. Go to your vet – it’s the much safer option. Most of the flea prevention medication you can get is also effective against ticks. To make sure it’s successful, you have to treat all of the pets in your home (my dog was most displeased when the cat got fleas – he got a flea bath as well!).