3 things pet owners need to know about flea & tick season
It’s Wednesday and with that comes another Wellness post. Today’s Wellness Wednesday topic we are going to talk flea and tick. Warmer temperatures bring about many things such as beautiful blooms, short sleeves shirts and unfortunately, the start of flea and tick season. Experts are predicting a severe season this year due to the fluctuating weather patterns. So we want to make sure all pet parents are well-informed about these parasites. Below are 3 key facts to promote this spring.
WHAT ARE THE COMMON SYMPTOMS?Signs of fleas for both dogs and cats include droppings (small, dark grains) in coats, flea eggs (minute, white grains), persistent scratching or licking, irritated skin, hair loss, scabs and pale gums.
Ticks, on the other hand, are visible to the naked eye. They can be found anywhere on a pet’s body, but are most common around the ears, head and feet.
WHAT ARE THE POTENTIAL COMPLICATIONS?Did you know that untreated fleas or ticks can lead to significant blood loss or anemia over time? The lack of red blood cells can even be life-threatening for young dogs and cats. As you know, ticks can also carry diseases, such as Lyme disease (a bacterial infection), which can cause serious health complications like kidney failure.
HOW CAN FLEAS AND TICKS BE PREVENTED?One of the easiest ways to prevent fleas and ticks is to regularly comb and check pets’ bodies for parasites. It’s also important to keep yards well-maintained with frequent mowing and raking, so pests have fewer places to hide. It is also a good idea for pet parents to consult their vet about the best flea and tick control products, which are available in prescription and over-the-counter formulas.
Knowing the common symptoms, potential complications and ways to prevent fleas and ticks we hope you can stay one step ahead of those pesky fleas and ticks this spring and summer. Be sure to stop by any of our Slobberbones locations and pick up a Seresto pet collar. Seresto pet collars will provide your pet with effective flea and tick protection in an easy-to-apply, non-greasy collar that will work for eight continuous months. Slobberbones carries all sizes for dogs and cats. Be sure to mention this wellness blog and receive 10% off Seresto collars now until May 2nd, 2018.