- Though flea and tick activity increases in the warmer months, there is no such particular season when they do not occur.
- They are always lurking around, waiting for the right temperatures to mature and attack their host.
- It is up to the discretion of the pet owners to choose the product that suits their pet the most.
Pet owners will always remain inquisitive about the developments in the pet world then be it related to their pet’s health or the treatments they give to their furry companions. This curiosity is genuine and stems from the variety of products available in the market today that claim to be super-effective for use in cats and dogs which puts them in the state of dilemma. Besides, pet ailments are also a growing concern amongst pet owners. Thus, in 2020 we have addressed some of the most commonly asked questions regarding the most regular ailment amongst pets of every household i.e. FLEAS and TICKS.
Read on to find answers to the most frequently asked questions by pet owners regarding this issue.
What are Fleas and Ticks?
Fleas are 3mm long, brown colored insects from the order Siphonaptera. Ticks are arachanids that are usually 3–5mm long and belong to the order Parasitiformes. Both of these parasites feed externally on the blood of mammals like rodents, birds, dogs, and cats and lead to many diseases like anemia, Lyme disease, Cat scratch disease, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis, etc.
What Is The Flea And Tick Season?
Though flea and tick activity increases in the warmer months, there is no such particular season when they do not occur. Reason being, flea and ticks become highly active in the warmer months, they breed and reproduce offsprings to continue their lifecycle. Even if the adult parasites die as the air gets freezing, their juvenile forms (offsprings) lie in the surroundings even in the colder months, cocooned inside their protective layer. Therefore, there is no such season when the fleas and ticks won’t be present in the environment. They are always lurking around, waiting for the right temperatures to mature and attack their host. Only prevention can keep them at bay which is why flea and tick preventatives are reputed as the most effective way of treating these insects.
How To Control Fleas and Ticks On A Dog or A Cat?
As mentioned in the previous answer, using preventatives for cats and dogs is the only way to keep them from feeding on your pet and lurking in your household. These preventatives are extremely helpful in killing the existing fleas and ticks and come in the form of topicals, oral tablets or chews. It is up to the discretion of the pet owners to choose the product that suits their pet the most. Other than that, treating the household is also extremely important to eradicate the immature larvae and pupae that may be lying in your carpets or furniture. Therefore, a pet owner must regularly vacuum his/her house and wash all the beddings and clothes weekly so a reinfestation can be successfully avoided.
How to Apply Flea and Tick Treatment?
Flea and tick treatments come in a variety of forms and the administration of each of them differs according to their type. For instance, if a treatment is a spot on, you must apply it on the skin over the shoulder blades by parting the fur, whereas, oral or chewable tablets are supposed to be instituted directly into the mouth of the pet. Some of them can even be mixed with the food; however, you must always read the label carefully and thoroughly before administering any drug to the pet.
Are Flea and Tick collars safe?
Flea and tick collars are completely safe for use in pets. Though these collars contain chemicals that kill fleas and ticks, they do not have any adverse reaction on the pet’s skin. They won’t cause any rash or irritation on the skin under or around the collar because the material they are made up of is very gentle on skin. However, you must always ensure to cut the extra end of the collar while tying it to your pet because if the pet accidentally ingests or bites the collar, he will have to be taken to the vet for professional intervention, straight off.
Are Flea And tick products Safe?
Flea and tick control products undergo several clinical trials for safety in pets before coming into the market. They are therefore completely safe for pets and for human handling. Just make sure to follow the directions diligently. Do not use the product incorrectly to avoid drug dangers. Do exactly as written on the pack insert. And, if in doubt, always consult your vet before administering the drug.
What is the best Flea, Tick and Heartworm Treatment?
Combination treatments that control two or more infestations with one dose are really getting popular for their broader efficacy. Some of the most renowned treatments amongst pet owners currently are the ones that treat fleas, ticks and heartworms. These are wonderful products that help solve three infestations with just one course of the drug. Most popular ones include — Nexgard for Dogs, Heartgard Plus for dogs, Revolution for cats. Other than these, there are drugs like Advantage multi for dogs that treat fleas, heartworms, intestinal worms and thus also fall under broad spectrum treatments.
What is the difference between a flea and tick topical and chewable?
A topical or spot-on treatment is the one which must be applied to the skin of the animal whereas a drug in the chewable form usually has palatable flavors and must be administered directly into the mouth of the pet. The effect of the product may also vary according to its formula. For instance, topical treatments are usually work as monthly flea pills for dogs whereas chewable work as 3 month flea pill protection. It again depends from product to product, therefore, make sure you read the label thoroughly.
Is it necessary to treat a pet for flea and ticks even in winters?
Yes, it is mandatory. Immature forms of fleas and ticks like larvae or pupae can always be present in the environment sans the weather conditions. They have a cocooning mechanism that keeps them safe from the adversities of the weather, so they still stay alive even in the colder months. Therefore, it is necessary that you treat your pet throughout the year to eliminate any chances of infestation.
Do flea and tick treatments also kill mites and lice?
Yes, they do. There are many products that kill mites and lice along with fleas and ticks.
For complete information about the drug and its efficacy on various organisms, one must read the pack insert thoroughly.