Flea and Tick Prevention

Safeguard Your Four Legged Friends With Flea & Tick Protection

No pet mom or dad wants to see their furry family member suffering from symptoms associated with having fleas and ticks.  It can be irritating, painful, and even life threatening if not treated properly. That’s why flea and tick protection for cats and dogs is a necessary part of pet care.

Why You Need Flea and Tick Protection

Preventing a flea and tick infestation is cheaper, easier and less of a nuisance than fixing the problem after the fact.When fleas and ticks attach themselves to your pet, the results can range from mild to devastating including

  • Tapeworms

  • Flea bites

  • Flea allergy dermatitis

  • Lyme Disease

  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

  • Tick paralysis

  • Ehrlichia

Now is the perfect time to be sure your pet is protected from these bothersome pests because they increase in population during the warmer months. Whether your pet spends most of his or her time inside or outside they require equal protection as these fleas and ticks can enter your home through various methods.

Flea and Tick Protection Options

Choosing the best treatment option depends significantly based on the age of the fleas/ticks, the age of your pet, the severity of the infestation, the size of your pet and more.  So, be sure to consult with your veterinarian to ensure you’re choosing the best treatment for your furry friends.

Flea Protection

When protecting your dogs and cats from fleas, you have three main options. You can use a flea and tick collar, topical treatments such as powders, shampoos, and creams, or oral treatment. These treatments vary in their length of protection as some only last for 24 hours while others can provide months of protection.

For specific product recommendations for your dog, CanineJournal.com includes a list of recommended flea and tick protection products.

Here is a list of Amazon’s best selling flea and tick control products for your cat.

Tick Prevention

To keep your pet safe from ticks, you want to check him or her daily.  Also, keep your yard well maintained by cutting the grass, raking the leaves, trimming the hedges, etc. because ticks thrive in dense surroundings. You might also consider having your yard chemically treated by professionals.

Use Natural Remedies

If you don’t want your pet exposed to chemicals, you can purchase natural flea and tick protection products or even make your own.  Here is a recipe for a flea free essential oil blend from DogsNaturallyMagazine.com using only a carrier oil and four essential oils – sage, citronella, peppermint, and lemon. There are three other recipes on the site you can use to fight against fleas and ticks.

Another way to reduce the likelihood of your pet getting fleas and ticks is to keep him or her away from environments where there are lots of other animals such as pet boarding facilities.  The next time you’re traveling or if you need somewhere to take your pet during the day while you’re at work, consider hiring a professional pet sitter to come to your home. At Crate Escape Pet Care we offer in home dog and cat sitting services along with a daily dog walking option. Contact us today to schedule a meet and greet with your fur family members to see if we’d be a good fit.