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Flea and tick season is upon us, and homeowners are on high alert outdoors for pesky unwanted guests. But fear not, fur moms and dads! We’re here to keep you on your toes so you’re ready to fight the good fight to keep your BFF healthy this summer!

What is Flea and Tick Prevention?

This is how pet owners protect their dogs, cats, and homes against flea and tick infestations. These parasitic pests feed off animal and human blood. The most popular prevention treatments include:

How Can My Pets Get Fleas & Ticks?

Because fleas and ticks thrive in warm places with a guaranteed food source, your pet’s fur is a prime spot for them to snuggle in and set up shop. While ticks prefer shady and humid climates, these pests are found in any climate zone. They’re skilled jumpers that often are passed on via nearby wild animals or rodents.

Unfortunately, your pet doesn’t have to romp through the woods on a hike to get fleas and ticks. Any time spent outside can put them at risk, so prevention is so important! Use Himalaya dog shampoo, Erina ep powder, Topdog shampoo, and Virbac episoothe to keep the fleas & ticks away from your pet. 

What Seasons Should You Be Using Flea & Tick Prevention?

It depends on where you live! Flea and tick season is worse during the spring and summer months, but they can pop up in any climate during any season. Better safe than sorry if you ask us!

Why Is Flea and Tick Prevention Important?

An infestation of fleas and ticks is much more challenging to treat than to prevent. The life cycle of these pests makes getting rid of them both challenging and costly. We highly recommend taking preventative steps before they decide that your pet or home is their summer vacation spot.

Aside from the havoc, they can wreak on the body internally, fleas and ticks can be dangerous to both humans and pets externally as well. They can cause skin irritations, itching, and even allergic reactions in sensitive humans and animals.

What Illnesses Can Fleas or Ticks Cause?

Fleas and ticks carry diseases, some of them chronic.

The most common flea in North America can transmit:

  • Murine Typhus
  • Flea-Borne Spotted Fever
  • Cat-Scratch Disease
  • Flea Tapeworms

Ticks can transmit infectious diseases like:

  • Lyme Disease
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Anaplasmosis
  • Rickettsiosis

And, unfortunately, the list goes on… We don’t mean to scare you (sorry!), but we’re sure you’re wondering how to keep your furry friends safe. Here are our suggestions for both canines and outdoor felines.

Flea and Tick Prevention for Dogs & Cats

  1. Talk to your vet about preventative collars and topical treatments
  2. Be sure that your treatment is designed for your animal - not every dog treatment is also for cats!
  3. Regularly inspect for pests after time spent outside
  4. Act quickly! The faster you remove a tick, the less likely it is to do severe damage
  5. Keep the grass in the yard mowed short
  6. If you find a pest, treat all pets at the same time to avoid a prolonged infestation

There you have it! The down and dirty of flea and tick prevention. Put together a prevention plan for your beloved furry friend because you deserve a happy and healthy summer!

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