2017-03-18 / Community Life

Parasite season nears for our pets

Spring is nearing and that means fleas and ticks will be more prevalent. They’re not only a nuisance, they can be hazardous to your pet because they transmit disease.

Indoor pets are not immune from fleas and ticks. Outside, fleas and ticks can live virtually anywhere. Inside your home, they can live in carpeting, bedding, and any other soft materials or in places such as cracks in hardwood floors.

Once inside your home, these pests are hard to eliminate. It requires treating that space a minimum of two times because the adults that you are killing will have laid eggs.

Your pets also must be protected from these little blood suckers. You can do this by thoroughly combing your pets with a flea comb, vacuuming frequently, keeping up with lawn maintenance and washing pet bedding frequently.

Also, pets should be protected with flea and tick prevention medication. The variety of products is overwhelming: shampoos, powders, collars, and spot treatments, available over the counter and from a veterinarian.

While most of these options contain potentially hazardous ingredients, there are safer and more natural options available. An internet search will tell you more and you can often find reviews from other pet owners who have used the products.

Another source of credible information is, of course, your veterinarian. Whatever option you choose, conduct some research and be sure you are aware of the potential hazards and side effects. Be sure to use the product as intended and read and follow the manufacturer’s directions for use.

‘Til next time, take care of those you love . . . even those with fur, feathers, fins or scales.

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