If you’re a pet owner, you probably love the feeling of cuddling your furry friend. But that sensation of delight can suddenly disappear if your pet becomes infested with those disgusting pests known as fleas, ticks and lice. Not only do these unwanted invaders cause your pet unceasing discomfort, but they can also lead to a host of other health problems including tapeworms and skin disease. So if you start noticing that your dog or cat is itching, gnawing or grooming more than usual, here’s what you can do to stem the tide of infestation.
Your first priority is to provide your pet with immediate relief, starting by a thorough shampoo. Follow with a product specifically formulated to kill fleas, ticks and lice. These are available in the form of medicated shampoos, powder, sprays and sponge-on formulations that can be applied topically. There’s no need to use all of these products at the same time, but since results vary, switch to a different format if the first one you try is not proving effective.
Once the pests have been eliminated or at contained, it’s important to provide ongoing maintenance. Although you can use flea collars or maintenance creams, one of the best defences is to regularly groom your pet with a flea comb. Since pets roam on grass, soil and outdoor surfaces, the likelihood of their regularly picking up new invaders is high. By using a flea comb once a week, you’re likely to find at least one flea or tick. So, early prevention is best.
The last step is to control your home and outdoor space. Use medicated powders and sprays for carpet, upholstery and floor cracks, or try herbal products such as neem oil, an evergreen extract to repel pests.
With this three-tiered approach, you can keep your pet clean, healthy and happy.
Global Pet Foods in Keswick is your source for top quality foods, supplements and accessories to keep your pet healthy and happy. Call 905-476-0575 or visit www.globalpetfoods.ca.