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Keeping Your Pet Safe from Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks are dangerous to pets and humans, as they carry disease and can inflict painful, irritating bites that cause rashes and skin infections. Luckily, today’s flea and tick prevention methods can make sure your pets never bring those parasitic travelers home with them. Here’s a look at the best ways to keep your pet safe from fleas and ticks:

Flea and Tick Prevention in the Home and Yard

You can take flea and tick prevention measures in your home and yard to reduce the risk that your pet will bring these pests inside with him. You can purchase over the counter products to spray outside in your yard that are pet-safe, but will kill fleas and ticks. Pay attention to labels, however, as many of these products will kill other insects as well, like bees and spiders, and may not be safe for plants. When choosing an in-home treatment product, make sure it’s safe to use around animals and children, can be used on all surfaces, and won’t leave a dangerous residue. Reducing clutter and keeping both indoor and outdoor areas clean also reduces the risk of fleas and ticks. 

Preventing Ticks and Fleas Year-Round

There is no clear time of year to start treating your pet for fleas and ticks, as flea and tick season can vary from region to region and is year-long in many places. You should treat your pet right away with year-round treatment options to prevent any chance of a flea or tick infestation. Actively check your pet for signs of fleas and ticks, especially if your pet is itching uncontrollably or more than usual. 

Veterinary Treatments for Fleas and Ticks

The best flea and tick prevention methods are available via prescription from your veterinarian. Your veterinarian can consider your pet’s age, weight, size, health, and risk level to determine the perfect flea and tick prevention method. 

If you notice increased itching and scratching or signs of a skin infection, take your pet to the veterinarian as soon as possible.