Flea and Tick Problems

 Fleas and Ticks in Pets
We have all heard of flea's and ticks, however, we are constantly getting asked what is the difference between them? Are they contagious? What are the symptoms of them. How do you treat fleas and ticks or better yet, how can I prevent my dog from getting them. What are the best products? Do you know of any safe holistic prevention's for flea's and ticks? Below you will find the answers to these questions and more. Enjoy. 

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 What are Fleas?
fleas are blood sucking insects. They live on the skin and in the hair of animals. Their bodies are hard and compressed so they can move through the hair easy. Their legs are built for jumping high and fast. They do not have wings. They are a dark reddish brown color. 

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What are Ticks?
Just like flea's - ticks also live off sucking blood from their host. They are related to spiders, scorpions and mites. Ticks have 8 legs with soft round bodies. There are over 800 different kinds of ticks. Below is just 2 examples of ticks that are attached and sucking blood from dogs.

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Symptoms 
Fleas: dogs that have fleas usually bite and scratch at their skin a lot. You may even notice balding patches on your pet if you have a really bad case. Flea bites leave the skin irritated, red, and of course are itchy. A lot of dogs are allergic to flea bites, so that can cause "allergy" reactions as well.
Ticks: kind of burrow their face into the skin and suck blood for about 12 to 24 hours. So you can usually see their bodies sticking up from the skin very easily. They are not like fleas that are super tiny and jump around a lot biting here and there. Wherever the tick decides to settle in and suck blood does becomes irritated, swollen, hypersensitive, and can even cause skin damage to that localized area.

 

 

Contagious
Fleas: Fleas are not considered "contagious" (like a bacteria or virus), however, they are "transmittable" which basically just means that if you come in direct contact with them, they may or may not jump on you..

Ticks: ticks are the same as fleas in this sense. They themselves are not "contagious" like a bacteria or virus would be. But ticks are transmittable, so if you come into direct contact with them, they may or may not burrow into you. Ticks are often found in places like shrubs, lawns, garden plants, trees, bushes, etc..... However, I do need to add that even though ticks themselves are not "contagious" they are known to carry very serious diseases; like lyme disease, tick born fever and rock mountain spotted fever. If a tick carries for one of these diseases and latches onto you, sadly, you can become extremely ill and may even have long-term health issues as a result. 

 

How to Diagnose  
Have the vet check for them. Also, discuss with your vet if fleas and ticks are a problem in your area. Some states have a heavy flea and tick problem while other states rarely deal with it. If your area does have a problem with fleas or ticks, then you will need to get your pet on a preventative to reduce your chances of infestation.

 

Treatments
Fleas: Insecticides, flea collars, flea shampoo's, flea bombs, external medicines like: Frontline, Advantage, or Once-a-Month pills Program. If your pet has allergies to fleas, then you might need some allergy meds. Or if the flea bite has become infected, you will need some antibiotics / ointments..

Ticks: the tick will need to be removed by grasping the tick with some tweezers and gently pulling it out of the skin. The longer the tick is in there, the more likely for disease transmission. Aftercare meds / ointments may or may not be required.

 

Preventing
Fleas: you can buy things like: flea carpet powders, foggers, flea bombs, insect growth regulators, or spray adulticide. What is an "adulticide?" It's a pesticide designed to kill adult insects rather than their larvae. You also need to keep the environment clean and vacuumed. Regularly wash bedding, blankets, etc...Keep your pet on some kind of  a "preventative" that your vet recommends for your area..

Ticks: well, this is a tricky one. Ticks are hard to "control." If you have a tick problem in your area, your going to need a professional exterminator. As we have stated above, there are about 800 different types of ticks. A professional exterminator can tell you which type of tick is common for your area and their suggestions on how to best keep everyone safe from them. You can try tick collars and topical ointments but discuss with your vet if they have noticed good results with preventative methods like this for your area.

 

What Age Can they Get Them
Pets and people can pick up fleas and ticks at any age. It's all environmental

 

Best Products
Please discuss this with your vet. With that said, click the link below to compare the 3 most popular flea and tick preventatives.

1. Frontline Plus
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2.  K9 Advantix II
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3.  Revolution

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Holistic Products
We get families asking us all the time if we know of any holistic type products that can assist with fleas and ticks without the harsh chemicals. Contact us below and we can email you some links to the most popular and safe all natural flea and tick sprays.

Disclaimer: We are NOT licensed vets. DO NOT try to diagnose or treat animals based off this or any other information you find on the internet. This page is just basic information to help bring awareness to different health issues that are common in pets. If you pet is having any kind of medical issues, please seek professional treatment from a licensed vet who is trained and set up to handle such matters.
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