Why are fleas and ticks a danger to your pets and the best way to prevent them?

The fact that no pet lover wants to see their precious kitty and doggy suffering from nasty parasites such as fleas and ticks. However, they are probably the most common external parasite of furry pets, particularly will thrive in the summer months. Apart from making a nuisance,  fleas and ticks are also cause of flea allergic dermatitis (FAD) in dogs and cats, estimated to account for more than 50% of all dermatological cases reported to veterinarians.

What are fleas and ticks?

Fleas are a group of small, wingless and blood-sucking insects from the order Siphonaptera; are parasites that live exclusively by hematophagy, the consumption of blood from a host organism. Having more than 2000 species of fleas worldwide including cat fleas, dog fleas, and human fleas, as well as fleas that feed exclusively on singular species of rats, birds, and other animals; furthermore, there are more than 300 of these varieties that live in North America alone.

Ticks are eight-legged parasites and members of the spider family, they can carry bacteria and viruses that transmit disease. Despite being immensely tiny, they can swell up to the size of a pea once they've attached themselves to your dog or cat by burying their mouthparts into their skin.

Why are fleas and ticks a danger to our pets?

Fleas can quickly get out of control because they lay eggs in such large numbers. For example, At a rate of 40 to 50 per day for about 50 days, a single female flea can produce 2,000 eggs in her lifetime. Moreover, some pets are severely allergic to flea saliva, called Flea Allergy Derm inflammation, with developing signs, such as itching, that can last long after the fleas have disappeared. Fleas are also responsible for transmitting tapeworms, Dipylidium Caninum, to dogs, cats, and even humans.

Additionally, fleas can transmit bacterial diseases, too.  A large number of newly developed adult fleas may then become dormant in cocoons or nests in your home for weeks to months. When the conditions are right, a combination of heat, carbon dioxide, and movement, will emerge from these cocoons as young and hungry adult fleas, which will bite your pets.

On the other hand, ticks can cause serious diseases, including Lyme disease - one of the best known parasite-carried diseases, paralysis, and anemia. If your pet brings in a tick that could be transferred to you and in the case, the tick had the disease, it could give it to you. Further, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Cat Scratch Fever can also be transmitted by fleas and ticks and can be transmitted from pets to humans. In fact, the misery caused by fleas and ticks is worth checking regularly to make sure your pet doesn't carry them and of course, need extra precautions.

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How do I know if my pet has fleas and/or ticks?

The first common sign of fleas on a dog or cat is unrelenting scratching. If your pet has light-colored or without a lot of furs, check it for very small flat brown insects and little brown flecks. Getting a couple of those brown flecks onto a paper towel, add a few drops of water and smear them. If the result causes red dots or smears on the paper towel,  it is a sign of fleas.

Especially, symptoms of a serious flea infection may include bumps, rashes, raw red wet areas, hair loss around the base of the tail and an unpleasant odor.

Prevention is Key 

The best way to deal with ticks and fleas on your pets is to prevent them from the beginning. Start by taking precautions to avoid them out of your yard and any other outdoor space your pets frequents. 

The simplest and most important preventions are elbow grease. For example, you can mow the high grass and clear away the pile of leaves or wooden stakes because of ticks like residing in these spaces. Pick up dog and cat waste from your yard daily and use sandboxes to protect them from fecal contamination. In addition, for further yard protection, you can apply powder and safe sprays on yards and grass to kill ticks and fleas.

Dog and cat owners also have a wide variety of natural remedies and traditional medications to choose from to repel fleas and ticks. Traditional medications include pesticides smeared to the back of the neck or shoulder region, such as Frontline, flea collars, dips, and shampoos that contain permethrin or pyrethrin.

However, do not want to subject your dog to harsh chemicals? Go the natural route, TORRIX Dog/Cat Flea and Tick Collar which is a good choice for you. TORRIX pet collar is an excellent tick repellent method recommended by veterinarians, absolutely safe, odorless and non-greasy and easy to use. Active ingredients stored within the collar are released in low concentrations over your cat's skin and coat and spread from head to toes, even the tail, which helps to kill and repel many types of flea and tick for 12 months, save your cat from annoying parasites.

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