Lets face it, no one likes to be itchy, and no one likes an itchy pet! Flea and tick season is upon us. Fleas and ticks typically appear throughout the spring, summer and fall months, basically any time that the temperature is over freezing. Which is conveniently at the same time as you begin to enjoy being outside again, allowing your cat in the backyard, walking your dog further, down on the trails, in a field… where these bugs may find your dog. These tiny bugs can become a nuisance for pets and humans alike! It is important to understand how to protect your pet from these pests and what to do if you find a flea or tick!
Fleas are small bugs that can live on your pet, biting them and irritating their skin! A flea infestation can happen quickly, so it is important to make sure that all of your pets are protected with a flea prevention treatment. 10 fleas can multiply to THOUSANDS of fleas in less than a month, so as soon as fleas are discovered, you need to take action! While you are spending time with your pet, take time to check their body. Is your dog constantly scratching itself? Can you see any fur missing? These are signs that your dog may have fleas!
To eliminate fleas, it is important to understand their lifecycle. Adult fleas lay eggs, which hatch into larvae, these morph into pupae, which transform into adult fleas. In order to get rid of fleas for good, you need to kill all of the fleas, adults and their offspring! Remember, fleas can jump nearly 12 inches, so you never know where your dog may come in contact with them!
Ticks can also be dangerous to you and your pet. These tiny bugs latch onto a host and feed off blood for 6 to 30 days. YUCK! Ticks, like fleas, can irritate skin and cause itching. If you feel a small strange bump on your pet, this could be a tick! They are known in Ontario to transmit various infectious diseases to animals and humans, such as Lyme disease. When one of these little ones bites you or your dog, they begin to dig into the body. When this happens, you need a special tool to make sure you remove the whole tick to prevent further risk of infection.
Luckily, Ren’s has you covered! We carry a variety of flea and tick treatments for both your cats and dogs!
Flea and tick treatments for cats and dogs are not the same, the ingredients are different! You need to make sure you treat your cat with a feline formula. It is important to know that cats who actively groom or engage in close physical contact with recently treated dogs may be at risk of harm, so follow the directions carefully!