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Fleas and ticks have a way of latching on to our pets, causing them discomfort and putting them at risk for a host of harmful and potentially fatal illnesses.
Animals with fleas generally experience flea allergy dermatitis, an inflammation of the skin which causes itching and biting, and ultimately results in hair loss. Anemia is also associated with having fleas. Both conditions are treatable, however, some tick transmitted diseases such as Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, are maladies that can be fatal to your pet.
The good news is there are several ways to protect your pets from these parasites. Here are a few ways to fight the flea and tick battle:
- Equip your pet with some form of flea and tick prevention treatment, whether it’s a medicated collar, shampoo or other topical treatment. Note that springtime is the beginning of flea and tick season, so do these prevention methods at the beginning of the season to effectively stave off infestations.
- Contrary to myth, ticks do not climb trees and jump on pets. In fact, both ticks and fleas like tall grass and moist areas where they lay in waiting. Make sure your pets avoid these areas.
- Indoor pets are less likely to attract fleas and ticks, however, it’s important to check their fur regularly for infestations, especially if these pets have exposure to the outdoors or other pets exposed to the elements. If you have an outdoor pet, check their fur even more often.