What is the Best Flea & Tick Prevention? Protect Your Pet, Home & Family from Fleas & Ticks
Which Flea & Tick Prevention is Best?
Birmingham pet owners - Springtime means an increase in fleas and ticks, which is bad news for your pets and your family.
Despite their tiny size, fleas and ticks can cause misery for your pet. They can stimulate allergies, cause infections and transmit infections and disease, not only to your pet but to you and your family.
If you see fleas, there are already eggs and larvae developing in your carpets and bedding. Ticks can carry fatal disease like Lyme disease.
Did you know that all flea and tick preventatives are not created equally? Your choice could go a long way in how well your pet is prevented from parasitic infestations. There are a few questions to discuss with your veterinarian in determining the best flea and tick prevention for your pet.
- Is your pet outside often? Do they leave your property? Do you take your pet to remote areas for exercise or in the woods, etc?
- Does your pet have a lot of contact with other pets, like at a dog park, or do you have multiple pets in the home?
- Can you easily remember to regularly give your pet the preventative monthly?
- Do you have a budget in mind?
Valleydale Animal Clinic carries the best flea and tick preventions treatments to cater to different pet lifestyles and family budgets:
- Nexgard is a tasty chew given monthly to dogs to kill adult fleas before they lay eggs and kill ticks.
- Bravecto is a tasty chew given to dogs every 12 weeks. Bravecto kills & prevents fleas and kills ticks (black-legged tick, American dog tick, and brown dog tick) for 12 weeks. Bravecto also kills lone star ticks for 8 weeks.
- Advantage Multi is applied topically each month to cats and kills adult fleas; prevents flea eggs from hatching, treats and controls roundworm and hookworm infections and ear mites and protects against heartworm disease.
Here’s how to check for those filthy fleas…
Step 1 - Have your pet stand over a white countertop, bed sheet or piece of paper.
Step 2 – Using a flea comb, comb your pet from from head to tail and examine the fur and exposed skin as you work. Pay particular attention to the back of the neck, the base of the tail and the insides of the legs and armpits. These are favorite hiding spots for fleas.
Step 3 – Examine the flea comb. Look for evidence of fleas. This may include jumping fleas themselves or flea poop and eggs, which look like salt and pepper.
Step 4 - Shake the dirt from the comb and her fur onto the white sheet so you can see the black specks. To distinguish normal dirt from flea feces, sprinkle a little water over the specks. If it's flea dirt, the black specks will turn reddish-brown. That’s because it is actually flea droppings, which is digested blood.
Step 5 - Look for small, irritated red spots on the skin that can indicate bites. These can occur anywhere but are most common in warmer areas of the body.
Step 6 - Scratching can be a sign there are fleas on your pet. However, itching and scratching alone is NOT a sign and may indicate other conditions that need your attention.
How to check for ticks:
Step 1 - Check your pet before you go inside, or just inside the door, to lower the chance of a tick coming into your home.
Step 2 - Comb through your pet’s fur with your fingers. Press gently so you can feel any bumps on the skin. Ticks can be as small as a pinhead or as big as a grape. Be sure to check your pet’s feet (including between the toes), inside the ears, and around the face and neck.
Step 3 - If you find a bump, part your pet’s fur so you can see the skin. Look for a black, brown, or grayish-brown bug. You might only see the tick’s body, or you might see its legs, too.
If you find fleas & ticks then don’t hesitate to call us at 991-5416.