Pet owners find it frustrating when they discover ticks and fleas on their pets, and summertime, when they are more likely to be running out and about, is the season when animals could easily pick them up.
Fleas are unpleasant for both animal and owner. The affected dog or cat may suffer from skin irritation, particularly if the infestation is heavy. Some individuals become allergic to flea saliva and in these cases flea bites result in severe inflammation.
Eradicating fleas can be a time consuming exercise, so the best method to ensure your dog does not become infested with fleas is prevention. A good quality flea collar at the beginning of the season will do just that.
Typically the affected area in dogs is along the back and hair loss, skin thickening and secondary infections may occur. Although dog and cat fleas do not infest man, they may cause bites resulting in irritating skin reactions.
In cats, allergic reactions may take the form of small scabs at the site of the flea bites. These in turn result in areas of hair loss and dermatitis caused by licking, and a vicious circle of infection may set in.
Dog and cat fleas also act as an intermediate host for a species of tapeworm, so that a dog or cat which swallows a flea may also be swallowing an embryo tapeworm which will develop into a fully grown tapeworm in the gut.
If your dog becomes infested with fleas your house will soon follow, so outfitting your dog in a flea collar not only protects them but your family as well. The purpose of adult fleas is to feed on blood and reproduce, either on humans or canines. There are several flea and tick powders owners can use to rid fleas that have infested the home.
Should you find yourself in this situation, drop your dog off at your local groomer for a flea bath. While your dog is out of the home, apply flea powder to carpets and all of the furniture throughout the house. This should kill off any fleas and prevent them from re-infesting your dog when they come back from the groomers.
Ticks are another problem that warm weather brings out. Ticks gorge on blood by attaching themselves to your dog. Although flea and tick medicine helps, if your dog spends a lot of time running through heavy brush, ticks will still attach themselves to it.
Ticks carry with them diseases that if left untreated will be fatal to your dog. Anytime you take your dog on a camping trip or even through a wooded dog park, you should check under your dogs’ fur for ticks that may have found their way to your dog’s skin.
Fleas can be an annoying problem that can be avoided with a flea collar or multiple preventative pills. Ticks on the other hand must be removed with a specific tool designed just for removal. Avoid the costly treatments and shampoos by outfitting your dog in a good quality flea collar at the beginning of the season.
It is essential that you treat your dog regularly for dog fleas. Even though your dog may only go out into the back yard, your dog can still get fleas. Fleas can come from other dogs, other cats, small vermin, hedgehogs and badgers. Fleas spread so quickly and within a few days can be spread all over your house. Pre-treatment of dog fleas is essential.
However if your dog has already got fleas, you will need to treat your dog and all the areas your dog has been to in your house, the garden and their kennel. Washing your dog will not get rid of fleas, but anti flea shampoos and specially designed combs can help to prevent them.
So whether you’re interested in flea and tick prevention, or in need of a cure, Pet Bliss can help contribute to a happy, fun and pest-free summer.