Summer is parasite proliferation season, and it’s only the start of the invasion; they especially thrive in the early fall period! How can you make sure your pets are safe from ticks and fleas?
Ticks and fleas: a serious nuisance
They sting, they itch, and it doesn’t stop there! Flea and tick infestation can multiple health problems. The itching makes them uncomfortable, and certain animals develop allergies to flea stinging: flea allergy dermatitis. They can also transmit tapeworms. As for ticks, they carry certain diseases that are potentially serious, or even deadly for pets: borreliosis (also known as Lyme disease), piroplasmosis, mycoplasmosis…
Ticks and fleas: preventive treatments
It’s hot and sunny outside: what’s the point of locking your pet inside the house? Especially since science proved that there are as many parasites in urban areas than in the countryside… use preventive treatments to protect them from infestation: it will either kill the parasites that have already settled, and their eggs, or act as a repellant. Pipettes, sprays or tablets: this kind of medication is designed for pets. Beware however: don’t use dog treatment on a cat or vice-versa! Also know that the reaction can be quite violent, especially for cats: after the treatment, the fleas will bite before they die, which may be quite uncomfortable. Stay inside to give the treatment, and don’t forget to use a Weenect Pets tracker: with all these parasites going crazy, your cat could very well decide to flee…
What about natural repellents for fleas and ticks? Be careful: there are many essential oil-based recipes available online. But these substances are very powerful, and should be avoided for pets, especially cats! Other treatments imply the use of vinegar, by oral or dermal route.
Treat the infestation
It’s already too late : ticks and fleas are here. You now have to carry out a thorough treatment, in several steps:
- The pet: relieve it with an anti-parasite that will kill the existing parasites. Pull out the ticks that have already settled with adapted tweezers, without using ether or any other household remedy.
- Your house: fleas lay of 20 eggs per day on average; if they lay on your pet, the eggs will be dropped all around the house, and you’ll have to treat! We recommend insecticide diffusers in spray or aerosols, as well as thorough vacuuming.
- Here’s a good flea trap tip: fill a slightly shallow bowl with water; put it on the floor with a candle in the middle. Add a few drops of dishwashing liquid: the fleas that live on your floor will be attracted by the light of the candle and jump in the water; they’ll be trapped in the dishwashing liquid.
React fast and keep in mind that prevention can go a long way in avoiding a flea or tick infestation. Stay vigilant and don’t underestimate the issue; there can be serious consequences for your four-legged friend!