Prepare for peak tick and flea season – all you need to do this summer
Did you know your pet is vulnerable to over 200 species of fleas? A solitary adult female can produce upto 50 eggs a day and about 2000 in its lifetime. They can transmit a host of diseases including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and heartworm disease – to name a few, cause tapeworm infections, anemia and serious allergic reactions. Now, does it sound like a problem bigger than just being a nuisance? Yes, this issue is pressing enough to require your ample attention.
Especially, during the warm months of the year – when the onset of peak of activity of these insects can cause significant harm to your beloved’s health.
Even the most docile, strictly indoor pet will encounter tick and flea infestation during these months. So, what should pet owners do to prevent and protect their pets from ticks and fleas during these months?
Check out our to-do list to prepare for the upcoming peak tick and flea season.
First of all, choose prevention over cure
The best way to prevent tick and flea infestation is to maintain a regular tick and flea treatment regimen. There are a variety of medications available which not only rid your pet of the adult form of these insects but also their intermediate larva and egg forms too. The treatment may be done topically or through pills/chewable tablets. Their frequency may also change depending on their intensity and efficacy, although most treatments are done on a monthly basis during the peak season at least.
Tank them with your spraying weapons (LOL!)
The market is filled with a variety of outdoor spray solutions to keep these parasites away. These solutions can be sprayed directly in the environment and dwellings of your pet. Since you can’t control feral animals who might be infested from trespassing your pet’s moving zone, using these treatments as supplementary is a good idea, at least during the peak season.
Keep the garbage out
Not only a clean house, but a clean surrounding is important too. Open garbage bags, green waste and drains encourage growth of these parasites. Any crack in your protective shield is like letting a mosquito inside mosquito net! Don’t let them come close!
Heed these professional advice and tips
Onset of tick and flea peak season is in late spring and continues during the summer. They are also quite active during the fall months before the winter begins. Following the experts’ advice and tips can help you keep these parasites at bay and detect any latched bugs early.
- These bugs thrive in warm and moist environments near waterbodies and tall grasses. They are often the size of a pinhead and attach themselves preferably close to the head, neck ears and feet although the pet’s whole body is prone to them sticking. They can also transfer, from outdoor pets to indoor pets or from feral animals to pets. So, the first and foremost task on the to-do list is to run your hands over your pet’s body and regularly check them for ticks and fleas when they come inside from outdoors.
- Regularly cut the tall grasses, get rid of any water accumulating bodies and open green waste & garbage.
- Groom him often and groom him well.
- Use flea repelling/preventing products (shampoos, sprays, creams, etc.)
And finally, have your pet checked out by veterinary professionals often in case you miss any sign of these bugs or missed symptoms of onset of any disease caused by these pests. With Pawxie, you not only have access to the country’s best medical consultants at some of the elite veterinary institutions, but for patrons who avail Pawxie’s packages, these treatments are conveniently available at amenable costs and upto 4 consultations are free as well.