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7 Tips On How To Protect Your Pets From Tics And Fleas

Not only are ticks nasty little critters, but they are also the cause of some severe health conditions relating to your p...

Not only are ticks nasty little critters, but they are also the cause of some severe health conditions relating to your pets. By following a few simple preventative actions, you can protect your pet from having these parasites and prevent any discomfort or illness as a result of a tick bite.

1.    Apply fleas and tick treatment throughout the year
Ticks and fleas are more commonly spotted during the warmer summer months, some of them can survive indoors during the colder months. Veterinarians recommend that you must take preventative steps throughout the year, not only during the warmer Seasons. Ask your Vet to suggest the best remedy for your animal and make sure you follow the instructions correctly.

2.    Don’t use old or expired products
More and more products are manufactured. It may be a great idea to ask your veterinarian every now and again about the latest products. Make sure you always check expiry dates on the packaging, as the products lose effectiveness once they’ve gone past their expiry date.

3.    Avoid using canine products on cats
Tick and flea preventative products that are specially formulated for canines can contain ingredients that are lethal to cats and can result in severe illness which may require veterinarian services. Products must always be used as intended.

4.    Check your pets regularly
Do a thorough evaluation of your pet’s skin, under armpits and the ears for possible ticks or bites. The best way to inhibit serious illnesses such as Lyme disease or tick paralysis is finding and eliminating ticks as soon as possible. Ensure your remove a tick correctly. Monitor the behaviour of your pet carefully and if you suspect that your pet has a life-threatening disease such as tick paralysis you need to get your pet to a veterinarian for tick paralysis treatment immediately.

5.    Grooming
Grooming is an excellent way to check your pet regularly for parasites that may be hidden under your pet’s fur, and it calls for a great opportunity to spend quality time with your dog or cat.

6.    Keeping the yard clean
Another excellent preventative measure is to clean your yard often by mowing the lawn (as ticks like to sit in high grass), raking leaves and sweeping areas around the house and areas where your pet spend a lot of time to prevent fleas or other parasites from breeding.

7.    Take your pets for regular check-ups
A veterinarian can examine your pet during his routine check-ups and make sure your pet is free from any parasites or related problems.

Conditions that are caused by ticks:

Lyme disease
Transmitted by ticks and include symptoms of swollen joints, lameness fever and poor appetite.

Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
A serious infection with symptoms of painful muscles and joints, poor appetite and fever.

Can be a severe or mild infection and include symptoms of high fever, bleeding, depression and appetite loss.

Tick paralysis
Can be a life-threatening disease and must be treated immediately. Include symptoms such as fast heart rate, high blood pressure, vomiting, unsteadiness and paralysis in the hind legs.