Fleas and ticks are a big problem for pets. It’s not only about being uncomfortable and scratching, these insects carry diseases which can affect both pets and humans. We recommend a multi-pronged approach to flea and tick prevention.
- Flea and tick preventatives don’t prevent the flea or tick from getting on your pet. However, when an insect bites your pet, it ingests toxins from the preventatives, which kills the insect.
- Preventative tick collars are effective against ticks, because it prevents the tick from getting on the animal in the first place. These collars last three months and are waterproof. However, they are not effective against fleas.
- If your animal spends time in your fenced-in yard, discuss your pest control problems with a professional company. Ask them to spray the yard, especially in areas frequented by your pet.
- Check your dog and cat for ticks regularly, especially if your pet has been in the bushes or at the beach. Look between the toes and in the ears, anywhere there isn’t a lot of hair. Short-haired dogs have more problems with ticks, because there’s less hair on their body which makes it easier for ticks to grab hold.