It’s summer. The weather is great. We’re spending more time outside with our families (four-legged and two-legged). And we’re probably exposed to more bugs along the way. Especially those little nasties that like to make homes on our furry family members. So what can you do about it? Lots!!
Monthly flea prevention is even more important through the warm months than any other time of year. Flea prevention is even important for your indoor pets. It’s easy to carry fleas in on your pants or socks, or for fleas to crawl right into your home through your window screens.
You may not notice any signs that your pets have fleas. A few things that may indicate that your pets have fleas include:
- Excessive scratching or grooming
- Excessive vomiting or hairballs (due to extra grooming and swallowing hair)
- Hair loss
- Red or bumpy skin
Cats are great groomers, so you may not actually see a flea on them. But by watching for these signs (and these other signs) you can get an early indication that your pet might have fleas. Giving your pets monthly flea prevention will keep them from getting fleas, if you use the products according to your veterinarian’s directions. Once your pet has fleas, these same medications will also help to get rid of them, but it does take some time. Call us or come in for some advice, and we can help you learn how to get rid of fleas from your pet and your home.
Ticks and Bugs
No one likes a tick. They’re related to spiders, they’re creepy-crawly, and when they bite they can stay attached for up to 2 days. Ick! Tick prevention medications can be very helpful in repelling ticks, and in getting them to quickly detach if they do bite your pets. In the spring and summer, these medications really are necessary, especially for animals that spend a lot of time outdoors.
Did you know that many of the preventative medications that repel ticks will also work on some flies? Some dogs are bothered by flies that like to hang around their ears. Some of the tick prevention medications will help with these fly problems, and will help to keep your pets more comfortable. Not all tick medications will help with flies, so be sure to call us or come in for some advice on which tick prevention medications might be best for your pets.
If you have questions about which products might be right for your pets, please call us or come in to ask. We will be happy to help you decide which flea and tick prevention medication are right for your pets and your family!
Check out our Fleas Resource Page for even more information about fleas!