Ticks and fleas are more than just a nuisance. Not only do they cause distress in dogs and cats, they also cause disease. On-again, off-again preventive programs are not the way to protect your pets’ health. Since the weather is warming up, it’s only a matter of time before we start to see dogs and cats with fleas and ticks.
By the time you even notice fleas on your pet; the fleas have injected salivary proteins, transmitted infectious agents and begun laying eggs. Ticks can transmit disease agents to a dog or cat before the pests are found and removed. Tick control is vital, since these bloodsucking parasites can transmit disease to pets and owners.
Nearly a dozen tick species are encountered by U.S. dogs and cats. Most are potential disease carriers, transferring diseases as prevalent and concerning as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease. Flea larvae can stay alive indoors in a semi-dormant state throughout the coldest months. Preventing fleas from entering your life in the first place may seem troublesome to you, but it is nothing compared to getting rid of them and then wondering if they’re still around somewhere. Eggs can be deposited around the house (carpeting, furniture, etc.) at a rate of 100 per day.
The best way to protect your pets is year-round, lifelong prevention of common external parasites, including fleas and ticks. Using parasite control methods that consider the lifestyle and health of your pet and managing their environment helps protect the health of the entire family.
How to prevent fleas and ticks from ever becoming a problem for your dog or cat:
• Keep it clean. Keep all of your pet’s bedding clean, as well as areas in your home where your pet spends much of its time. Be sure to throw out vacuum cleaner bags after filling them, as flea eggs continue to be viable within them.
• Groom your environment. Unlike your neighborhood association, ticks don’t like well-maintained lawns. If you keep your property well-maintained, ticks will not thrive.
• Keep your dog away from undergrowth and overgrowth. Forests, meadows and other such locales can be full of ticks. If your dog does enter this type of environment, inspect him carefully for ticks afterwards.
• Consult your veterinarian about chemicals and medications. There is an array of flea-and tick-repelling products out there: tablets, pills, collars, powders, dips, shampoos, foggers, granules and topical medications. Some are designed to kill the eggs and some to kill the egg-laying adults. While flea and tick medications have improved greatly over the years there are still over-the-counter products that are potentially harmful to your pet; not to mention your children and you. Talk to your vet about the options you have to help prevent fleas and ticks.
We are having an adoption special for the month of July. All cats are $25 and all dogs are $45.
Bo is a 3-year-old hound. He was brought to HSCAZ as a stray. Bo is very outgoing and active. He gets along great with people and likes other dogs too. He is potty trained and walks well on a leash. Bo’s ideal forever home would be one that will take him for long walks, on camping trips and most importantly, give him all the love and attention he deserves.
Darla is an adorable 7-month-old Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix. Darla was blessed with a second chance at life and she is full of love and happiness. She loves to play and gets along with other dogs and kids. She is a wiggly little girl who will climb into your lap for attention. She is potty trained and walks well on a leash.
Davis is a 4-year-old Dachshund mix. He is very outgoing and energetic. He gets along with most other dogs and loves to ride in the car on your lap. He is most content spending time with people. He loves to run and play and enjoys nice walks around the park. Davis does not do well with cats, however, so a home without one is needed.
Driftwood is an adorable 4-month-old American Pit Bull Terrier. He was found as a stray by Animal Control and is now available for adoption. Driftwood has tons of energy and loves to play, play, play. He gets along great with other dogs and adores people. He loves toys and his favorite is a tennis ball. He is learning how to walk on a leash and to not potty in his kennel. He is a smart boy, though, and will catch on quickly in a home environment.
Magpie is a cute little 11-month-old black and white spayed female that was brought in as a stray. She is currently the queen in the kitten house, and gladly cleans and plays with all the babies. She is a super sweet girl who loves to talk at you. She is litter box trained and current on her vaccines. She has been tested for FeLv and FiV as well.
Swirl is a 5-1/2-year-old tortie. She was brought in as a stray and was already spayed. Swirl is pretty easygoing and loves to sun bathe in the window. She is good with other cats but really loves people. She keeps a tidy space and is litter box trained. She too is current on vaccines and has been FeLv and FiV tested.