Summer is finally here, and it’s not just your time to enjoy the weather. This is the time that dogs and cats can also experience the fun in the sun they’ve been waiting for all year too. But there are other creatures who also happen to thrive during the warmer months — creatures you neither want in your home or on your pet. Fleas and ticks can still attack indoor pets by attaching to you when you’re outside and then transferring over to your pet. Here are a few ways to fend off the bugs that bug your pet.
Prevention, Prevention, Prevention
You can’t stop your dog or cat from being exposed to fleas or ticks. Short of putting them into a bubble, they’ll always have a certain amount of risk of exposure. However, what you can do is buy products that keep fleas and ticks at bay before they get any bright ideas about biting your pet. Topical medications are available, as are collars, tablets, and liquid products. These products work by either keeping fleas away, or by paralyzing and killing them immediately.
In fact, you may want to consider using these tactics all-year round, as fleas and ticks can survive on their hosts regardless of what month it is. They’re certainly more prevalent during summer, but don’t be lured into a false sense of security when fall comes around. By keeping the tick or flea from feeding, you help keep the diseases away that can make them sick (or even potentially kill them.)
Keeping up with your cleaning over the summer is another good way to keep fleas and ticks at bay. The more times you vacuum and wash your bedding, the less likely it is that something tiny will hide away where you can’t see them. Mowing your lawn, and keeping all wood or dried up leaves away from the house are also good preventative measures to take. The closer the ticks and fleas are to your home on the outside, the more likely it is that they will find a way inside. They also tend to congregate into tall grass or busy gardens, which marks a clear danger zone every time your pet happens to walk by (or even if you do.)
Fleas and ticks may be tiny, but the problems they cause can be huge. Cat scratch disease is caused by the droppings of fleas, and humans are entirely capable of catching this. Fleas may also give your pet a tapeworm or another type of parasite (which again, you can also catch.) Ticks can cause Lyme disease, as well as slew of other problems. From Rocky Mountain spotted fever to tularemia, owners really need to be on the watch so their dogs and cats don’t end up at the vet with a serious ailment.
Talk to our staff today at Atlanta Veterinary Dental Services to find out more about what’s out on the market, and how you can best use it to help your pet. The more you do now, the more you’ll be prepared for every season to come. We’re here to simplify it all for you!