Flea and Tick Prevention in the Fall

Flea and Tick Prevention in the Fall

Most pets are susceptible to fleas and ticks that are found in virtually every territory and climate. Many people assume that a drop in temperatures signals the end of flea and tick season. The pests thrive in fall conditions. 

The increase in precipitation and the constant autumn temperatures result in a “flea surge.” Fleas can transmit tapeworms, parasites, and bacterial diseases. Flea and tick prevention in the fall is very important.


 

How Your Pet Can Get Fleas and Ticks


Fleas are very prolific, producing thousands of eggs. If ignored, the number of infestations can quickly get out of control. Your pet simply needs to walk through a bush or on the grass to end up with parasites. 


Being an “indoor” pet will not protect your pet as long as he spends any amount of time outdoors. It can be especially difficult to control the pests if you have wild animals accessing your property. 


 

Why You Need Flea and Tick Prevention


It is very important to protect your pet from fleas and ticks. The best way to do this is to use preventive measures. Preventive products can protect your pet from various diseases, illnesses, and allergies. 


Fleas transmit tapeworms, parasites, and bacterial infections. In some instances, they can also transmit ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Some pets are allergic to bites, which can result in itching, excessive scratching, and extreme inflammation. If not treated, the allergic reactions can lead to infections. 


 

Signs and Symptoms of Fleas and Ticks


There are some signs and symptoms that can indicate flea or tick infestations on your pet. The symptoms include red, itchy, or scabbed skin, itchy and runny eyes, increased scratching and itching ears, and ear infections. 


Other signs are an itchy back or tail, sneezing, vomiting, diarrhea, swollen paws or paw chewing, and constant licking. Some pets experience snoring due to an inflamed throat. It is vital to look for signs such as flea “dirt” or actual fleas. 


 

Inspecting Your Pet Regularly


Inspect your pet regularly, especially after you come back from outdoor excursions. Careful inspection will help you detect signs of parasites. Ticks are usually quite small, but they can become large after feeding — and you can see them easily then. 


Bathing the pet and using a special comb can remove fleas. You can use tweezers or a tick removal device to remove ticks. Ticks tend to cling tightly to the animals, so it is important to be careful to remove the entire parasite. You can also take the animal to the vet for tick removal. 


 

Parasite Prevention Products


Several preventative products will help protect your pet this fall. You can apply topical medication on your pet to keep away fleas and ticks. You can also use collars, sprays, shampoos, and oral medications. Make sure you use products that are recommended for your pet. Talk to your vet about the best products for your pet.


Keeping your home clean will help protect your pet and your entire family. Frequent vacuuming and keeping beddings clean is important. Mow your lawn, trim the shrubs, and rake the leaves to keep your property safe for your pet. 


For more on flea and tick prevention, visit 4 Paws Veterinary Hospital at our office in Duffield, Virginia. You can call (276) 431-4838 today to schedule an appointment.

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