With warm summer breezes come legions of fleas and ticks determined to feast off your dogs and cats. What’s a pet owner to do? The good thing is there are a great number of ways to help your pets enjoy summer free from the constant itching, scratching and biting that comes from a flea and tick infestation.
To make it easy for you, we prepared a three-point strategy to rid your pets of fleas and ticks.
So everyone can have the best summer ever!
Yard and Area Flea Treatment – A good preventative strategy when it comes to combating fleas and ticks is to create a pest free environment. Yard and area flea treatments work by attacking the source of where fleas and ticks live – in your yard, outdoor furniture, indoor furniture, carpets, and rugs. Safe and easy to use, yard sprays and area foggers kill and repel fleas and ticks on contact. When used as directed room and area foggers can offer up to seven months of protection. Yard sprays will ward off fleas and ticks for up to four weeks if used as directed.
A good room and area fogger is Virbac KnockOut Room & Area Fogger. It kills adult and pre-adult fleas, including flea eggs for up to 7 months, as well as other insects.
For Yard Spray, try Adams Plus Flea and Tick Yard Spray with Permethrin. It kills and repels fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other insects on contact.
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Flea Shampoo and Spray for Dogs and Cats – Bath time and grooming time are the best times to get to the root of the flea and tick problem. Applied to your pet’s coat, shampoos can be worked deep into its fur where fleas and ticks love to hide. Effective for up to four weeks, when used as directed, flea shampoos kill fleas and ticks and prevent the eggs from hatching. Fast acting and easy to apply, flea sprays are a quick way to offer your pet protection for up to 30 days.
For Flea Shampoo and Spray for Dogs and Cats, try Adams Plus Flea & Tick Shampoo with Insect Growth Regulator (IGR) and Frontline Spray Fast-Acting Frontline Spray
Topical and Oral Flea & Tick Control for Dogs and Cats – Topical flea and tick medications are applied directly to a pet’s skin. They are formulated to kill fleas and ticks and prevent flea eggs from hatching for up to one month if used as directed. Oral flea and tick medications are ingested and can protect your dog or cat from 8 to 12 weeks. Most topical and oral flea and tick medications require a prescription. Please consult with your veterinarian to determine which one will work best for your pet.
Oral Flea and Tick Control for Dogs, try Trifexis for chewable tablets for dogs: a monthly treatment that kills fleas, prevents heartworm disease, and treats and controls adult hookworm, whipworm and roundworm infections.
Topical Flea and Tick Control for Cats, try Frontline Plus for Cats and Kittens is a monthly topical flea and tick preventative that kills adult fleas within 12 hours, and ticks and chewing lice within 48 hours.
To sum it up, Fleas, ticks and summer are inseparable, unfortunately. Companion pets such as dogs and cats are the intended victims of these parasites. To help reduce the risks of your pet getting infested by fleas and ticks, you need a three-point strategy. Use a yard spray and room defogger to clear an area of the pests. Shampoos and sprays help kill fleas and ticks already on your pet’s coat. They also prevent further infestations. Topical and oral flea and tick medications offer long term protection and prevention.
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