Say no to ticks and fleas

Ticks and fleas are a problem in winter too

Ticks and fleas can cause a host of problems for your pets, but this is actually so easy to prevent by sticking to a tick and flea treatment routine. Treat your pets for fleas monthly, and every third month for ticks (depending on the product you use). A good idea is to set a reminder on your phone calendar, as it’s easy to forget. Just taking this simple step can prevent heartaches in the future. Here’s what you need to know about these nasty parasites.

Say no to ticks and fleas

May 06, 2019

Contraction method

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.

Symptoms

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.

Treatment

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.

Prevention

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 borrelioses, 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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