How To Protect Your Pet From Fleas And Ticks
A cat or dog with fleas or ticks in their fur is an uncomfortable and irritated pet. But did you know that these infestations can lead to more serious health problems for both your pet and your family? Some animals — and people — can suffer allergic reactions to flea saliva, causing rashes. Sometimes, fleas and ticks can transmit disease.
One of the best ways to detect fleas or ticks is to inspect your pet regularly, especially after an outing or contact with other animals.
Here`s What To Look For:
• Fleas are small insects (one to four millimetres long) with dark brown or reddish brown flattened bodies. Look for black particles the size of milled pepper on your pet’s skin near the tail on the back of your dog or cat.
• Ticks feed on the blood of animals, including humans. They have four pairs of legs and can be easily seen, especially when they are feeding.
If you find a flea infestation or a tick on your pet, the first step is manual removal:
• For fleas, use a flea comb and focus on where fleas are most likely to gather; usually the neck, tail or belly of your pet. Flea combs allow hair to pass through the tines, but not the fleas, and remove fleas, flea feces and dried blood. Deposit any fleas you catch in hot soapy water to kill them.