5 Ways to Keep Your Pets Flea and Tick free!

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!

Brown labrador retriever standing on a fallen tree in the forest
Our Instagram friend @Coopsta_gram_ enjoying a beautiful hike in Pennsylvania with his family!

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:map of the USA showing when fleas are most active

 

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.

Frontline Plus For Dogs

K-9 Advantix II

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!

mixed breed dog hiking in red rock canyon Nevada
Alexa’s dog Maddie exploring on a hike at Red Rock Canyon in Nevada!

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.

Beautiful husky laying on a park bench in the woods, taking a break from the hike.
Our friend Renae Davis shared this incredible photo of her dog Raven stopping for a short rest along one of the trails at Madeline Bertrand County Park, MI!

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!

A mixture of flea and tick products we have available at PetFlow

At PetFlow we have a few amazing flea and tick shampoos that we’d recommend trying if you’re dealing with a pet who has been infested:

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.

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.