When it comes to fleas and ticks, think prevention!

No doubt about it, fleas and ticks can really BUG our dogs and cats. Even worse, they can make our pets sick.

Fleas can cause severe skin allergies, tapeworm or flea anemia. Ticks can transmit any number of infections and bacterial diseases including lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Fleas and ticks don’t restrict themselves to our pets only; they can bite and spread various diseases to us also. Keeping fleas and ticks in check helps safeguard our pets and everyone else in the household. If it is a struggle for us to deal with, imagine how our pets feel. Of course we want our pets to be comfortable, so we take them to the vets to get this treated. We also need to look after ourselves too. Just to be on the safe side, you could look into something like Kansas City Pest Control to get your home inspected in case your home has been infiltrated by these fleas.

Preventing fleas and ticks takes less effort and produces better results than treating infestations. By the time fleas or ticks are already on a dog or cat, it may have already been exposed to disease.

Flea and tick medications from your vet may cost more, but they generally work better and are safer for your pet than over-the-counter remedies.

Flea and tick medications from your vet may cost more, but they generally work better and are safer for your pet than over-the-counter remedies.

For many people, putting their pet on a year-round flea and tick preventative makes more sense. And not just in the parts of the U.S. where it is warm and humid year round. Even in areas where there is cold winter weather, it is advisable to use year round protection.

So then the question, “what are the best products to use?” There are shampoos, topicals and spot-ons — it can all get very confusing. I always recommend consulting with your veterinarian first before using any flea product. The products you can get from your veterinarian work the best and are the safest. These products will cost more but are very effective. Over-the-counter products don’t always seem to work as well and if used incorrectly, they can make your pet very sick.

Remember that prevention works the best; consider your pet’s individual circumstances and consult with your veterinarian as to what products would be best for your pet and they will recommend the best flea and tick medicine. That way, you and your pet can enjoy this summer free of fleas and ticks!

Paws till next time – Jane

IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN adopting a pet from the LaPorte County Small Animal Shelter, please call 326-1637, visit the shelter at 2855 W. Ind. 2 (hours are Monday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), or visit http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/IN89.html.

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