If you are a pet owner, you likely already know the importance of having a sound flea and tick strategy to prevent infestations from occurring in your home. Fleas and ticks not only can cause minor skin irritations to your pets; they carry parasites and diseases that can significantly impact your pets’ health. Worms and Lyme disease are two of the most common conditions caused by flea and tick bites.
There are several ways fleas and ticks can jump onto your pets’ coats, lay eggs, and begin feeding on their blood. If your dog or cat goes outside, fleas and ticks will likely try to attach themselves to your pets’ fur. They may then come back inside and the parasites will spread themselves to furniture, carpeting, and other parts of your home.
You could be the culprit as well. Even if your pets never go outside, you can unknowingly bring fleas and ticks attached to your clothing into the home. From there, you may end up with an infestation, which isn’t fun for anyone.
So, in order to stop an infestation, the first word you should know is prevention. It is much easier (and likely far less expensive) to prevent an infestation than to fight one after the fact. Here are a few things to keep in mind to prevent fleas and ticks from disrupting yours and your pets’ lives.
Invest in Quality Flea and Tick Medications: Schedule an appointment with your vet and discuss with them which preventative flea and tick medications would be most effective for your pets. Some do better with oral medications while many others would benefit from topical medications. Monthly topical medications tend to be less expensive than oral medications so that’s something to keep in mind as well. If you are concerned about budget, please know that we carry flea and tick medications for cats as well as flea and tick medications for dogs at the lowest prices possible. We also carry shampoos, sprays, and more.
Avoid Spots Where Fleas and Ticks Hang Out: Fleas and ticks like high grass, shrubbery, and shaded areas, so this is something to keep in mind if you take your pets outside. You can do yourself a favor by avoiding high grass and keeping the grass mowed low, so fleas and ticks have nowhere to hide. When you do go outside with your pets, be sure to check them with a flea comb to make sure no parasites have snuck onto them. You should check yourself as well.
Act as Quickly as Possible if Fleas Are Present: If you apply flea and tick medication, regularly bathe your pet, and keep the home clean, you are doing everything right. However, an infestation is still possible, which is why you should act as quickly as possible if you do find fleas. This may include applying additional medication, using a fogger (be sure to closely follow safety precautions if you do), or even hiring an exterminator. It shouldn’t come to that if you practice prevention, but it’s important to be mindful of the possibility just in case.