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Flea & Tick Bath for Dog

Believe it or Not! Dog fleas and Cat fleas are different. Without a microscope, you would never know the difference. Both infect and bite into your pet and drink their blood for food. Time and time again pet owners bathe their animals in soaps, strap on flea collars, and still end up seeing fleas. You can kill them on your pet, with baths and collars. Yet, as soon as another animal crosses your front or back yard, you have fleas again.

What You Need To Know – Fleas & Ticks

What a Flea Looks like

Fleas are insects that feed on your pet’s blood. They can take in fifteen times their own weight in blood. Several fleas may cause your pet to develop anemia.

Common Ticks

Ticks also feed on your pet’s blood, but they also feed on humans. A tick left unchecked for over 5 hours can spread diseases like Rocky Mountain Spotted fever.

Staying Pest Free

Your best defense is to turn your yard into an unwelcome zone for fleas and ticks. Mowing the lawn, trimming shrubs, picking up leaves, and keeping garbage covered are simple ways to help prevent infestation. Vacuum your carpets and empty the contents in the trash and remove them from inside the home. Clean and mop floors with a non-abrasive detergent if possible every week. Wash all bedding often to prevent fleas and ticks and bed bugs. Using a fogger should be your last resort. The foggers will kill a lot of the fleas, but there is no guarantee you will get all of them. The downside is you must leave your home while the fogger works. Be sure to read the instructions and the amount of time you need to be away. It is dangerous for you and for children to use too many at once or come home too soon.

Natural Remedies

Natural remedies can work, there are hundreds of recipes found on the internet. They can cause your pet to have a severe reaction. Always check with a veterinarian before using any type of herbal or natural treatment. Some pets are given medication that does work, but more than a few can’t take any medication due to the side effects. There are some skin treatments that are also available. However, the EPA has noted a major cause of negative reactions in animals is due to improper application. Skin treatments vary in application and usually only last a month. Some of those products used for dogs can actually kill cats. Make sure you are using the correct treatment for your type of pet. Many family pets wear flea & tick collars but keep small children from touching the collars. Pet shampoo is not a necessity, warm soapy water will kill the fleas. Shampoo and even some dishwashing soap can be very harsh on your animal’s skin, plus there are no long-lasting effects. The CDC also has an information page specifically for stopping ticks.

Favorite Hiding Spots

Ticks are found in warm, grassy areas in your yard. They will thrive in any sections or hard-to-reach places that become unruly. They can also live and reproduce inside the home as well. Any cracks can be a good hiding spot. Carpets, under rugs, in and under furniture, and curtains all attract ticks. Any warm spot in the home can become overrun with these insects.

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