Safeguarding Pets Against Fleas & Ticks During Summer

Summers are a time of outdoor games and adventures. However, it’s a big concern for pet parents as summer is also the time when nasty parasites like fleas and ticks are highly active. If you are also worried about your pet’s safety this summer, don’t fret.

This blog will walk you through some of the effective treatments to get rid of fleas and ticks. We’ll also cover some essential tips to prevent your pet from getting infested by these pests.

Let’s get started!

Common Symptoms of Fleas & Ticks

Fleas and ticks are wingless parasites that feed on their host’s blood. If your pet is infested with fleas or ticks, you will notice the following symptoms.

  • Visible fleas or flea dirt
  • Unusual itching & scratching
  • Excessive licking
  • Pale gums
  • Swelling
  • Loss of appetite
  • Anemia
  • Shortness of breath
  • Scabs on the skin

How to Get Rid of Fleas & Ticks in Summer

You can consider the following flea and tick treatment options for your pet in summer.

Spot-on Treatments

Also known as topical treatments, spot-on solutions are applied to the pet’s skin. The most popular topical options are Advantage and Frontline Plus which are capable of promptly getting rid of fleas and ticks. These solutions are easy to administer and can prevent parasite infestations for up to a month.

Oral Treatments

As the name suggests, oral treatments are the ones given orally that provide prompt action against fleas and ticks. These oral treatments can be in chewable form like Nexgard or tablet form like Simparica. You should administer them monthly, with or without food and they will provide lasting protection against fleas and multiple species of ticks.

Flea & Tick Collar

Flea and tick collars are nothing short of an exceptional solution against fleas and ticks. These collars are infused with the right chemicals that take care of fleas and ticks shortly after you put them on. Seresto Collar is one of the options, most preferred by pet parents. It starts getting rid of fleas and ticks within a few hours of administration. Moreover, it can last for months, protecting your baby all through the summer.

Essential Tips to Prevent Flea & Tick Infestation in Summer

Take the following measures to keep your canine companion safe and happy this summer.

  • Maintain regular visits to the vet
  • Regularly brush and comb your bud’s hair
  • Sweep or vacuum your mats, sofas, chairs, etc.
  • Observe your pet both indoors and outdoors
  • Avoid going to heavy wooded areas
  • Periodically mow your lawn and maintain the growth

Parting Words

Great! Now you know some of the best measures and treatments to eliminate fleas and ticks. However, remember to consult with your vet before you administer any treatment. Now go out and make the best out this summer with your adorable canine companion. Happy Summers!

FAQs About Flea & Tick Infestations

Q: What is Flea and tick season?

A: It’s the time of the year when ticks and fleas are most active which varies for different regions. Typically, it falls between March to mid-May and mid-August to November. Although they can be active throughout the year, you need to be extra careful in their peak season.

Q: What kills fleas and ticks on dogs instantly?

A: Simparica is one of the fastest-working treatments against fleas and ticks. It starts killing fleas within 3 hours of administration and can complete the job within 8 hours. However, you should consult a vet before using any antiparasitic on your pet.

Q: Can hand sanitizer kill ticks on dogs?

A: Yes, alcohol content in most hand sanitizers can kill the ticks but it does not help detach them. However, you need to be very careful as alcohol is toxic for several pets if ingested.

Q: Can fleas and ticks live on humans?

A: The short answer is no. Fleas and ticks can bite or hitch a ride on human hair temporarily, but they won’t live on you.