With the weather warming up, you will be letting your pets outside to romp in the spring grass after being cooped up inside. Yet you will need to be extremely careful, as your pets can come down with a case of fleas or ticks. Then your outdoor pets can share these parasites with indoor pets. If your pets do become infested with fleas and ticks, here are some things you can do.
Fleas can live from 13 days to as long as 12 months on your pet. Dogs will commonly have fleas on their abdomens, heads and tails. If searching for fleas on your cat, pay attention to the areas around the neck and base of the tail. Some pets can become anemic if losing too much blood due to fleas.
There are shampoos, powders, sprays, topical and oral treatments for fleas. Then you can invest in flea prevention methods such as prescription formulas and over-the-counter formulas for pets.
Ticks are parasites that can transfer a range of diseases to pets, and humans, including Lyme Disease. They will attach themselves along the neck, head, feet and ears of pets, although you can find them in other places. They are most active in the late spring and summer. The faster that you discover and remove a tick, the less likely it will have a chance to transmit a disease to your pets or to humans.
When discovering a tick, you want to wear gloves to protect yourself from any transmitted diseases from the tick. Also have a small jar with a screw lid filled with alcohol handy. Take a pair of tweezers and get as close to your pet’s skin as possible. Pull the tick upward without twisting or jerking to get the entire body, especially the mouth parts, out of the pet. Drop the tick into the jar and secure the lid. Then disinfect the bite area.