Cat Flea & Tick Control
Fleas and ticks can transmit serious, debilitating and even deadly diseases to your pets including Lyme Disease, Canine Anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever to name a few.
The good news is that these diseases can be largely avoided by simply adopting and practicing regular flea and tick prevention practices.
There are four common flea and tick control products for dogs: Collars, Shampoos, and Topical Treatments. (Oral Treatments are also available, but they are only effective against adult fleas.)
Flea and Tick Collars are very popular because they are so easy to use. You simply attach the collar to your pet and replace it after a recommended number of days. As with all flea and tick products, it is important to shop for products based on the breed of your dog and what specific problems you aim to control. For example, most collars kill ticks and adult stage fleas, while some go a step further to also control flea development.
Flea and Tick Shampoos are also effective at killing ticks and fleas. Some brands are also effective at repelling mosquitos (which are known to carry heartworm and West Nile Virus). As an added bonus, your dog’s coat and skin will be clean after use!
Topical Treatments (applied to your dog’s skin with the product’s built-in applicator) are commonly applied monthly and are popular because they are effective at killing fleas and ticks and can also be purchased in formulas that repel mosquitos and control flea development.
As always, we recommend asking your veterinarian what flea and tick treatment they recommend for your dog.
Things you can do to control fleas and ticks.
Outdoors - Fleas prefer moist, shady areas. Trimming back bushes and raking and go a long way in eliminating the areas where they thrive. Yard Sprays can also be effective at keeping flea and tick populations under control.
Indoors - Be sure to vacuum your rugs, floors, upholstery and curtains regularly.
Inspect your dog’s coat for ticks daily. When you are petting or brushing your dog (preferably with a flea comb), look closely for ticks and fleas.
If your house shows signs of a flea or tick infestation, act quickly by purchasing flea spray, fogger or powder to kill fleas and ticks.