Flea and tick season is here and these small critters can not only make your pets sick and uncomfortable, but can also make you sick too.
There are many products that are available to help keep ticks and fleas away and stop this nasty disease from spreading.
When should you take action?
It really depends where you live! Fleas and ticks are known to be the worst during warm weather months. Therefore, spring and summer are usually the most common season to have flea and ticks. In addition ticks and fleas can live yearlong in some parts of the U.S.
However, ticks can survive during the winter season and can lay thousands of eggs at one time. Fleas can also survive in freezing temperatures and can also live inside your household.
If you see signs of your pet having fleas and ticks it is important to start treatment right away. Moreover, it is important to get in the habit of beginning treatment as soon as flea and tick season starts.
What kind of prevention should you take?
There are a number of flea treatments on the market that are available for pet owners. The most popular treatments come in the form of a pill and “spot – on” treatments.
Other products include:
What are some safety guidelines to consider?
- Consult your veterinarian before the use of flea or tick products. Especially when your pet is ;
- Taking other drugs
- Sick or ill
- A puppy
- Pregnant or nursing
- Allergic to flea products
- Read and follow instructions carefully before you use the product. If you are unclear and/or do not understand something make sure you ask your veterinarian.
- If the product is only for dogs do not use it on your cat or other pets.
- Follow the directions exactly! Only apply the amount that is needed for your pet and if the label says use product weekly do not use it daily.
- Never double up on products!
- Wear gloves and wash your hands with soap after applying or giving the drug to your pet. Than make sure you follow instructions for proper disposal and storage of the product.
- Monitor your pet for signs of reactions and side effects; especially if it is the first time using the product. If you see signs that you’re pet is experiencing poor appetite, vomiting or diarrhea, a lot of drooling and depression. Make sure you call and consult your veterinarian!