How to Prevent Fleas and Ticks On Your Pet This Summer
With summer comes the possibility of an increase in fleas and ticks in your pet’s environment. It’s important to be proactive in preventing these pesky parasites from making a home on your furry friend. By following these tips and tricks, you’ll be able to keep your pet happy and healthy this season.
Why are ticks and fleas bad?
Ticks and fleas are unwelcome pests in the UK, posing significant risks to both humans and animals. These tiny creatures are known carriers of harmful diseases, such as Lyme disease and a virus ticks carry called tick-borne encephalitis (TBE), which can have severe consequences if left untreated. Lyme disease is not prevalent in the UK but does exist. TBE is significant in Europe but not in the UK. You should still be aware of this due to the rise in imported pets which may have tick-borne encephalitis and bring this to the UK. Their bites can cause intense discomfort, itching, and swelling, sometimes leading to allergic reactions or secondary infections. As the UK's climate becomes more suitable for these pests, it is increasingly important for pet owners and outdoor enthusiasts to take preventive measures and promptly address any tick or flea infestations, ensuring the health and well-being of our pets and ourselves.
Use preventative measures
One of the most effective ways to prevent fleas and ticks is by using preventative measures such as routine flea and tick treatment for dogs and cats. Speak to your veterinarian about what medication is best for your pet’s needs. The treatment you use needs to be species-specific and in the right size range, so this is why it is best to receive treatment from your veterinary practice.
Using preventative measures for fleas and ticks is essential for various reasons:
Health benefits: Flea and tick prevention can save your pet from potential illnesses caused by these parasites, such as Lyme disease or flea allergy dermatitis.
Comfort for your pet: Pets with fleas and ticks often suffer from itchiness, discomfort, and even pain. Preventative measures can help avoid these issues and keep your pet happy and comfortable.
Cost-effective: By using preventative measures, you can save money in the long run by avoiding expensive treatments for flea and tick-related health problems.
Protection for your home: Preventing fleas and ticks on your pet also helps protect your home from infestations, ensuring a cleaner and healthier living environment for both you and your pet. Fleas thrive in warm environments. If you have more than one pet, all pets in the household need to be treated. Ticks and fleas also like to bite and feed on humans. It is important to check yourself after walking in tick-infested areas like bracken and woodland. Your pet will not pass ticks to you.
Regular grooming is not only a great bonding experience for you and your pet, but it can also help prevent fleas and ticks. Dog brushing and cat brushing daily can help remove ticks and identify fleas in the house that may be on your pet’s coat and also helps you check for any bumps or lumps that could indicate an underlying health issue. Use a fine dog grooming brush or flea comb and look for the flea 'dirt' which is black but when brushed onto a sheet of damp white paper will become red/brown since it is digested blood from the flea feeding. You may also find live fleas from brushing.
Keep your environment clean
Fleas and ticks thrive in warm, humid environments and can be found in carpets, bedding, and outdoor areas where your pet spends time. They also can even live in the cracks of wooden floors so regular hoovering is essential. To prevent the spread of fleas and ticks in your environment, vacuum regularly and wash your pet’s bedding frequently. If you feed wildlife, you need to be diligent as your pet can catch ticks and fleas from the wildlife.
Seek veterinary care
If you notice any signs of fleas or ticks on your pet, seek veterinary care immediately. Symptoms can include excessive scratching, fur loss, overgrooming, visible parasites, bites on humans or lethargy. Your veterinarian can provide advice on preventative measures, as well as treatment options to ensure all of your pets are happy and healthy.
Preventing cat and dog fleas and ticks is an important part of being a responsible pet owner. By using preventative measures, regular grooming, and keeping your environment clean, you can help prevent these pesky parasites from making a home on your furry friend. Remember to check your pet regularly and seek veterinary care if you suspect any infestation. Follow these tips and tricks, and your pet will thank you for it!
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With the Vital Pets Club, you can rest assured that your beloved pets are receiving the best care possible, allowing them to live happier, healthier lives. Say goodbye to the hassle of managing flea and tick treatments on your own, and let us take care of it for you!
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