06 Jan Fleas and Tick Season – November 2022
Flea and Tick Season
By Jac Ciardella, Pet Lodge Owner and Dog Lover
It’s that time of year again when fleas and ticks are most active. The fall brings around many factors that seem to favor flea and tick season. They are all hurrying to find warm places to spend the winter. There are lots of leaves on the ground, creating moist areas that are great for breeding. Since a single female flea can produce up to 2,000 eggs in her three-week lifespan, a Pup can become infested quickly. Pups can also develop Flea Allergy Dermatitis, causing extreme itching and hair loss. They can also end up with tapeworm from ingesting a flea that was already infected with its larvae. Tick bites are even more dangerous. A single tick bite can transmit Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, ehrlichiosis, and other diseases. There are a few things you can consider when trying to keep your Pup safe from these pests.
There are many different approaches you can take to fend off these pesky insects. Oral pills, topical spot-on treatments, and topical sprays are the most common forms of defense. Oral pills are sometimes bundled to fight a few different pests like fleas, ticks, heartworm, and mosquitos. They are often administered by your vet after your Pup has had a full checkup. They work by being absorbed into either the bloodstream or the soft tissue and then slowly released over time. There are a few different brands that offer different active Ingredients, so it is best to speak with your veterinarian to see which is best for your Pup or Kitty.
Topical treatments are also very popular and take varied forms. There are topical treatments that are liquid or what they call spot-on treatments, which include sprays and collars. With spot-on treatments, the liquid is applied in a small area between your Pups shoulder blades. The liquid is absorbed and spread thru the subcutaneous layer via the oils in your pet’s skin. Sprays will kill fleas on contact and repel them. They are usually used in conjunction with other methods. Flea collars are still a popular choice and work much in the same fashion. The collar releases chemical that spread over your pet thru the oils in their skin. All of these treatments come in all-natural forms. They use natural oils and scents to kill and repel pests.
Prevention Is the Best Medicine
There are many ways to combat fleas and ticks. Everything from a pill that kills them within 30 minutes to a collar that will work all month long. Regardless of which option you choose always go over all the risks with your veterinarian associated with each treatment and then choose the one that best fits you and your Pup. There is no reason to keep your pets locked up inside when they could be out running through leaves and having fun.