Flea and Tick Prevention for Optimum Pet Health
Do you have pets? Whether you have an indoor or outdoor pet, pets are susceptible to infestation from fleas, ticks, and other parasites. If the issue goes unchecked, parasites can compromise pet health. You are also exposed too if your pet has pests because you often touch your pet and share the same spaces. At Atlanta Center for Animal Osteopathy in Jasper, we know just what you need to keep these nasty buggers at bay. Our vet is quite experienced and can prescribe ideal flea and tick prevention treatments to protect your pet. Below are answers to common questions about flea and tick prevention and treatment.
When should I start flea and tick prevention on my pet?
Our veterinarians advise against using flea and tick prevention products on kittens and puppies below eight weeks. If your pet is above this age, consider administering flea and tick prevention treatments right before spring when the weather is warm and conducive enough for pests to thrive.
What can I do at home to make it less conducive for fleas and ticks to thrive?
If your cat or dog has reached that age when it wants to explore everything, keeping your house clean helps discourage pests from hiding and breeding in nooks and crevices all over your home. Avoid using old flea and tick products on your pets and keep your backyard kempt. Seek veterinary services regularly for check-ups and parasite prevention advice.
How often should I give my pet flea tick prevention treatment?
Experts recommend using flea and tick prevention products on your pet at least once every month. Pet-safe pest control products are available over the counter in pet and general stores. Feel free to ask your veterinarian to recommend the best product to guarantee good results.
How quickly does flea and tick treatment work?
Irrespective of whether you’re applying the treatment topically or offering your pet an oral pill, flea and tick treatment work super fast. Topical treatments show results within 12 to 48 hours, while oral flea and tick treatments work within two to four hours.
Can I wash my pet after flea prevention treatment?
Flea and tick treatments work fast, but allowing time before bathing your pet is essential. The vet recommends waiting at least 24 hours before wiping down or washing your pet. You must keep your dog dry and avoid water play or swimming right after offering your pet flea or tick treatment.
How can I be sure that fleas and ticks are gone?
Inspect your pet regularly to see if it has fleas. Check between the toes, under the armpits, around the ears, tail, and head area. Pests love access to the warmest, softest part of the body. Fleas and ticks are visible to the naked eye. You can’t miss them; visit the vet if you’re unsure.
Flea and Tick Prevention: The Bottom Line
We prescribe flea and tick prevention treatments like shampoos, sprays, dips, and foggers, which are easy to use and comfortable for the pet. Contact Atlanta Center for Animal Osteopathy in Jasper at (678) 454-0202 for the best flea and tick prevention advice.