If you’re asking yourself whether your dog or cat really needs flea and tick prevention, the answer is yes, and you may be surprised to learn why. Here’s what makes it so important and how you can get started finding the right product for your pet!
Why is flea and tick prevention so important?
Fleas and ticks are more than a simple nuisance – they’re a threat to your pet’s health and to your own! You may know that fleas and ticks can cause serious skin irritation, intense itching, and allergic reactions, but did you know they can also transmit a number of serious diseases and parasites to both animals and humans? Some of the most common diseases and parasites spread by fleas and ticks include lyme disease, roundworms, and even bubonic plague. Fleas and ticks also multiply quickly, and the more they are allowed to spread unchecked, the more people and pets could become seriously sick. By protecting your pet, you’re also protecting yourself and others!
How likely is it that my pet could get fleas or ticks?
Fleas and ticks are very common, and it’s highly likely that your pet will come into contact with them even if they live indoors. Both dogs and cats can get ticks, and the risk is even greater in the warmer summer months.
How do I prevent my pet from getting fleas and ticks?
The good news is flea and tick prevention is easy and affordable! There are many preventative products available without a prescription on Amazon, Chewy, and at your local pet store. Two popular non-prescription topical treatments include Frontline and Advantage, and both brands have options for dogs and cats. There are also collar options available as well as products to keep fleas and ticks out of your yard. Be sure to do your research and verify the safety of each product before using it. If you’re still unsure, consider talking with your veterinarian before starting treatment. Your vet will also have prescription options available!
To summarize, flea and tick prevention is an easy and affordable way to protect the health of your pet, yourself, and others, and the best time to get started is today.
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