Ewwwww, Fleas and Ticks!!!!! These awful little insects like to feast on your pets blood and did you know that they can cause your pet to get sick too? According to PetMD.com, “These insects feed on your pet’s blood and can cause health problems ranging from allergic reactions to serious tick-borne illnesses.” Today im going to give you a little bit more incite on these little creatures and let you in on some ways to prevent your canine (or feline) from getting them. Don’t you fear, the advice from gabby is here! okay. Lets get started, shall we?
According to PetCareRX.com, Some quick facts about fleas include:
- In the continental United States, the Cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) is responsible for nearly all of the fleas found on both cats and dogs.
- If you find a flea on your cat or dog, there could be an infestation on your pets and around your home. Adult fleas are only a small percentage of the total population of a given infestation.
- Fleas are wingless insects that get onto hosts by jumping.
- Once adult fleas emerge from their puparia, they have approximately 7 days to find a blood meal or they die.
- Flea eggs are usually laid directly on a host, often falling off the host’s body and spreading the infestation to the surrounding environment.
According to PetCareRX.com, some quick facts about Ticks include:
- If you’re bitten by a tick in the continental United States, it is usually a hard tick.
- While feeding on a host, certain ticks contain a neurotoxin in their saliva that can induce “tick paralysis.” This condition progresses gradually (usually starting 5 to 9 days after attachment), however, the symptoms dissipate soon after the tick is (properly) removed.
- Hard ticks have a very long single feeding session, whereas soft ticks have several feeding sessions separated by a few hours.
- Ticks belong to the Arachnida class—other friendly critters in this class include, but are not limited to mites, spiders and scorpions.
- The majority of ticks use 3 hosts, feeding on a different host for the larvae, nymph and adult life stages, respectively.
How To Protect your dog Against these critters:
- Keep your home tick and flea free.
you can do that by manually inspecting everything in your home and using strong cleaners as well. This might take a long time but it is essential for you and your pet. (better safe than sorry!)
- Wash your pet in tick and flea killing shampoo.
This can help kill the ones on your pets skin and also get a tick killing collar as well.
- Monitor where your pet goes when they are outside because ticks like to hide in the grass.
Make sure you do this one because once a tick or flea is in your home, they will multiply fast so pay close attention to everything.
- If you pet does have a tick on them, you must remove it immediately and there are proper steps you can do to remove it safely.
According to PetMd.com, these are the proper steps to removing a tick.
- Use gloves or tissue to cover your hands.
- Grasp the tick with tweezers from the side, by its head, close to the skin.
- Pull straight up. Don’t twist.
- Don’t squeeze (or pop!) the bloated belly.
In Conclusion, Fleas and Ticks can not only be a health hazard for your pet but it can be for you as well so make you take the necessary precautions to keep your pet and home tick and flea free. I hope you enjoyed my article. Did my article help you? did you learn something new? if so, let me know. just leave a comment below and I will respond back to it. Happy Dog Days everyone!!!!!
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