Why and How to Manage Fleas and Ticks
If you are the loving owner of a cat or dog, chances are you are going to come across fleas and ticks at least once during your pet’s lifetime. These pesky pests are an unfortunately common part of pet ownership, and in the case of fleas, one that can cause havoc in your home. Thankfully, prevention is possible and most responsible owners will ensure that they take steps to minimize the risk of either of these parasites affecting the human or animal members of their family.
To understand the importance of managing fleas and ticks, it is first necessary to learn the effect that they can have on everyone they come into contact with.
Fleas are the single most common parasite that affects domestic animals in the U.S. These microscopic creatures reproduce so rapidly that even a single flea can cause an entire infestation in your home.
Each flea is a tiny, wingless creature with immense jumping capabilities. This allows them to jump on to their hosts from the ground outside, where they settle in and feast off their blood, and catch a ride
Flea bite allergies are among the most prevalent in humans and animals. This is because flea saliva contains a toxin, and when it comes in to contact with yours or your pet’s skin, it can cause irritation,
Ticks are another parasite that can affect both your pet and the human members of your family. They are most often found outside, hiding under piles of leaves, among tall grasses,
Unfortunately, ticks are also well known for their ability to carry and transmit infectious disease to both your animals and the humans living in your home. These can include Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
How to manage fleas
Fleas also like to munch on human blood, and you may notice itchy red bites on your skin, particularly around the calves and ankles.
If you have fleas in your home, you will need to treat your pets and your property at the same time to ensure that you remove the fleas at every stage of their life cycle and the infestation is completely eradicated.
There are many different topical treatments available for pets, and our vet will be happy to advise you which is the more suited for your particular animal. This should kill any live fleas that are
When it comes to fleas, prevention is always better than cure. There
How to manage ticks
Ticks are generally big enough to spot, especially once they have started feeding. To find them on your pet you will need to do a thorough examination of his coat, but they are most likely to be found around the head, neck,
Ticks bodies are filled with blood, which could potentially be carrying infection. Therefore, it is essential to remove ticks carefully to prevent any potential infection from being spread. Under no circumstances should you squeeze a tick as this could cause it to expel infected blood back
The best way to remove a tick is to twist its body. However, many veterinary offices and pet stores sell special tools that can help you effectively remove a tick from your pet’s body.
Many veterinarians advise