What Pet Parents Need to Know:
Flea and Tick Prevention!
Fleas and ticks pose a threat all year round but when the warmer months approach, did you know that they become more active?
We want to share some product recommendations that we use and love to keep our pets flea and tick free!
We know that there are a lot of products available and frankly it can get a bit overwhelming making the right decision. We want to break down the options we have available for your pet so you can see what will work best.
First things first, let’s get prepared!
Check out this map of the United States to determine when fleas are most active in your state:
1. Treat your pet with a spot-on preventative medication
The first step to keeping your pet safe this flea and tick season is to treat your pet on a consistent basis. It’s recommended that you treat your pet about once a month with a spot-on treatment. These have good success and are easy to obtain without any prescription from your vet.
A spot-on treatment is usually applied between the shoulder blades onto the skin of the dog. It is absorbed into the skin/bloodstream and will kill fleas and ticks on contact.
At PetFlow we have spot-on flea and tick treatments from the following brands so you can see which one will work best for your dog or cat:
2. Spray your pet with a flea and tick spray
Need a product to protect your pet that works quickly, is easy to use, and is designed to absorb quickly? Try a flea and tick spray that will attack existing parasites and prevent new ones from taking over!
When applying a flea and tick spray to your pet, try not to drench their coat. A light spray over your dog’s entire coat covering their legs, tail, and stomach is all that’s required—but please be sure to avoid the face, eyes, and genitals. Massage the product into the coat until it reaches the skin.
3. Bathe your pet with a flea and tick shampoo!
When it comes to being prepared for flea and tick season, it is always a good idea to have a flea and tick shampoo on hand. Then if you notice anything pop up on your dog from a recent hike or simply from playing in your backyard, you can bathe them eliminating any unwanted pests.
Flea and tick shampoo is used to provide soothing relief from flea and tick irritations while also deep cleaning your pet to maintain a healthy coat. It’s not recommended as a sole treatment to prevent fleas and ticks because it will not prevent re-infestation. However, most flea and tick shampoos include an active ingredient known as an insecticide to kill off existing parasites living on your pet. It’s recommended to use flea and tick shampoo about once a week for maximum effectiveness.
Keep in mind, it’s important to read the instructions carefully. In addition, most shampoos are species-specific and are not intended for use on both cats and dogs!
4. Accessorize your pet with a flea and tick collar
Flea and tick collars are an excellent and mess-free way to prevent your pet from being exposed to parasites. Flea and tick collars can be used for long-term protection. These collars can be worn at all times and will act as a repellent for fleas and ticks.
5. Maintain a safe environment at home
When considering a home spray, make sure you find one that is not going to stain your furniture and is safe for use around children if you have any.
Vet’s Best Flea and Tick Home Spray
Bayer Advantage Household Flea Fogger
Tropiclean Flea and Tick Home Spray
Bio Spot Active Care Home Flea and Tick Spray
Tropiclean Flea and Tick Carpet and Pet Powder
A flea and tick problem can harm your entire household so be prepared using the products above! These products will allow your pet to live their best life during the warmer months, without the annoyance of being infested.