Fleas and ticks are a common issue among pet owners. As with most things, prevention is the best medicine. However, if your pet has been infested with one of these common pests, there are a few things you can do to ensure you have a pest-free pet in short order. If you’re wondering how to get rid of and prevent fleas and ticks, let’s have a look at some of your options.
Get Rid of Fleas and Ticks – And Keep Them At Bay!
Winning the battle against fleas and ticks is easier than you may at first suspect. With just a few key tips and tricks (and maybe some meds) you can have a flea and tick-free pet season after season.
Healthy Diet – These parasitic pests are attracted to pets with unhealthy skin and coats. When the skin is dry and flaky, fur is thinning and sparse, or there are open sores or wounds, fleas and ticks can thrive on easy access to your pet’s blood. A healthy diet promotes a healthy coat, skin, and immune system that naturally prevents these provocative and opportunistic pests.
Medications – Certain medications can help to alter the chemical constitution of your pet (however slightly). This helps to deter potential pests from finding a home on your pet, often killing them if they try to feed. These medications can be over the counter or prescription from the vet. Many come in either pill form or is mixed into food.
Topical Treatments – There are several topical treatments that can be applied to your pet to help deter pests. Various powders, sprays, and drops can be applied to the fur and skin and left on to prevent infestation. You can also opt for a medicated collar for wearable prevention around the neck and head area.
Shampoo – A great first line of defense can be the use of medicated shampoo and conditioner. These can be used to both prevent infestation as well as get rid of ticks and fleas once established. These can vary in efficacy, however, and are dependant on coat density, coat type, and infestation level.
Dipping – One treatment option is to create a chemical dip bath to prevent and kill fleas and ticks. This form of treatment is very potent and must be used with caution if at all.
House Cleaning – Fleas and ticks are elusive little pests that can hide in all sorts of places in the home. They particularly love pet bedding, toys, and clothing. They also love carpets, upholstery, blankets, towels, and pillows. Make sure to go all out if you suspect an infestation to ensure you do not encourage a repeat situation.
Lawn Maintenance – Fleas and ticks love a lush, natural, and moist outdoor environment. They thrive in long grasses and marshy areas that provide them with plenty of shelter from the hot sun and various predators. Proper landscape design and practices can play a large role in preventing ticks and fleas from making your garden into a favorite home.
Inside Time – In most areas, fleas and ticks thrive from late spring to early fall. You can limit outdoor time during this peak season to avoid infestation. This may not be ideal – this is the best season for walks, parks, and playtime, after all – but it can be part of your prevention plan if you live in a particularly pest prone area.
There are not many situations more annoying than pet pest infestations. The good news is that fleas and ticks are opportunistic parasites that can be treated and prevented with just a few tweaks to your routine. If you want to get rid of and prevent fleas and ticks, the first step is reaching out to your vet. Give them a call today and talk to them about a prevention plan. Taking action now can help to ensure a pest-free pet season after season. The Animal Medical Center of Deer Valley is a top veterinarian provider in the Deer Valley Area. They can be reached by calling (602)857-9950