SAY NO TO TICKS AND FLEAS
- November 15, 2019
- Ally Cohen
How to avoid ticks and fleas
Ticks on dogs and cats
Fleas are the most common cause of skin disease in dogs and cats. Your pet is both the home and food source for fleas and ticks. Once a flea gets on your pet, it will remain there until it is killed by a flea product or dies naturally.
Ticks: Infested mammals drop ticks into the environment and pets pick them up. Ticks are especially found in tall grass.
Fleas: From the environment and other infested animals. The majority of the flea population (eggs, larvae and pupae) are found off the pet, in the environment.
Ticks: The bite itself is not usually painful, but the parasite can transmit diseases like babesiosis and ehrlichiosis (tick bite fever), which can be fatal.
Fleas: Itching and other skin problems. Fleas can transmit diseases and other infestations like tapeworm.
Frequency of appearance
Ticks: Very common if the pet does not get preventative treatment.
Fleas: Very commonly found.
Ticks: Remove ticks. The tick-borne diseases should be treated by a veterinarian.
Fleas: The transmitted diseases need to be treated by a veterinarian. Use preventative flea treatment and dewormer.
Ticks: Use a residual pesticide that is registered for the treatment of ticks on dogs and cats. DO NOT use dog products on cats.
Fleas: The ideal flea control programmes use products that target all of the various stages of the flea lifecycle and treat the pet’s environment. Treat all pets with a monthly flea control product. Vacuum all carpets and upholstery to get rid of flea eggs and then discard the vacuum bag. Treat the environment with a product that is safe for pets. Our instore pet assistant will gladly help you, or see our products online at www.familypetcentre.co.za.
Effects on humans
Ticks: They can transmit diseases like rickettsioses, ehrlichioses, Lyme disease, relapsing fever borreliosis, tularemia and Q fever to humans.
Fleas: They can transmit diseases like the plague (which still occurs in certain countries), murine typhus and even cat scratch disease to humans.
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