Your Guide to Preparing for Flea and Tick Season

Spring and summer are full of long walks accompanied by your ever-faithful furry companion. Unfortunately, pesky parasites can ruin the outdoor fun. Fleas and ticks often lurk around, waiting for animals to latch on.

The pests can cause discomfort while also affecting the health of your pet. It is necessary to protect your pet from pests. Here is your guide to preparing for flea and tick season.

Using Oral Medications

You can protect your pet from fleas and ticks by using oral medications. There are chewable pills that can be taken alone or with food. The medication can help protect the pet from pests for the next 30 days. It is vital to realize that some medications work better on specific animals and climates. Certain brands can be harmful to pets. Talk to your vet about the best medication for your pet.

Spot-On Treatments

Preventative treatments can help keep pets safe from parasites. You can place special chemicals on the skin to keep away fleas and ticks. Pet owners usually apply the products on the back of the neck, where the pet cannot lick it off. Flea and tick drops are easy to use and are effective. Most of the treatments work for 30 days, after which the pet will need another dose.

Pet Vaccinations

If you live in an area where pests are prevalent, it is vital to get your pet vaccinated. Pet vaccinations can help repel pests for at least six months. Talk to your vet about the best vaccination plan for your pet based on your location and the pet’s lifestyle. Preventative treatment will help give you peace of mind, and you will not have to worry about pet illnesses.

Using Home Repellants

Several products can repel pests from your property. Certain sprays, powders, and cleansing solutions can help keep your home and yard free from fleas and ticks.

You can also use natural products such as salt and baking soda to get rid of the parasites. The products are applicable on carpets, furniture, and other surfaces around the home. If you have a large property, hire a pest control company to treat your yard.

Natural Treatments 

Some animals react negatively to the chemicals found in most flea and tick treatments. Natural products are also an effective way to eliminate pests. Cedarwood oil is one chemical-free alternative that has proven to be effective.

Adding crushed fresh garlic to the pet’s food can also help keep away the pests. Lavender oil can help soothe flea bites. You can purchase flea-repelling plants like chrysanthemums, lavender, and pennyroyal.

There are other ways to prepare for flea and tick season. Getting a flea and tick collar can be helpful. Consider getting shampoos and sprays that will help keep your pet clean and free from pests.

For more on preparing for flea and tick season, visit Elizabeth Veterinary Clinic at our office in Roselle, New Jersey. Call (908) 245-7853 today to schedule an appointment.