As most pet parents know, summertime means gearing up for more than road trips and dips in the pool. Fleas and ticks are rampant during the summer months, thriving in temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees, with humidity in the 75 to 85 percent range. Now is the perfect time to review our battle plan to seek out and destroy these pesky parasites that torment our pets.
Cleanliness is a must. Studies show that fleas live their entire lifecycle on our pets and when they reproduce, the eggs roll off the animal onto couches, beds, and other areas where pets spend most of their time. Bathe your pet regularly with shampoos like Adams Plus Flea & Tick Shampoo with Insect Growth Regulator 12oz or ECTO-SOOTHE 3X by Virbac as they fight infestation while containing skin conditioners that soothe irritated skin.
Flea combing is also one of the best methods for removing adult fleas from your pet. Placing your pet on a light colored towel while coming through the hair will allow you to see and contain what is falling off your animal. Collect the combings in a container of soapy water and flush it down the toilet. This will prevent any survivors from infesting other areas of your home.
A regular pill program offers additional protection from the inside out. Products like Capstar Flea Tablets for Dogs and Cats work immediately to kill adult fleas and can be administered as often as once a day if infestation reoccurs. Prescription strength oral treatments like Comfortis Chewable Tablets for Dogs and Cats is administered once a month and fights heartworm and intestinal worms in addition to fleas and ticks.
Spot treatments are also effective in the flea and tick fight. K9 AdvantixII for Dogs or Frontline Plus For Dogs are excellent topical treatments that kill adult fleas within the first 12 hours and continues protecting against fleas, ticks and mosquitos for up to four weeks. These topicals treat not only adult fleas but prevents all flea stages (eggs, larvae, pupae) from developing.
Pets-and their parents love to be outdoors during the warm summer months but if you live where these little blood sucking pests thrive, you know controlling infestations often feels like a full-time job. In order to successfully keep these parasites away from your yard, home and family members you have to attack the problem on several fronts. With the right products and a little diligence, this flea season should be easier than the last. The battle is ongoing but we will win the war this summer!