Preventing Pesky Parasites

05/01/15 at 10:41 AM | Published Under Travel with Dogs by Quaker Pet Group

As spring and summer quickly approach, your pets become more vulnerable to fleas and ticks. Not only do these irritants cause dogs and cats discomfort, but they can also lead to serious illness in pets and even people.

You can help prevent these villains from annoying your pets by using safe, easy to administer products. But always keep in mind that products made for canines should never be used on felines – and vice versa.

Fleas can cause flea allergy dermatitis (FAD), a disease that may lead to excessive itching and inflammation. If left untreated, it can result in skin damage and secondary bacterial or fungal infections. Fleas can also transmit tapeworms and even cat scratch fever (bartonellosis) to humans.

While tick bites can be irritating and painful, the deeper concern is the number of serious diseases they can transmit – babesiosis, Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Aside from causing significant illness, these can even result in death in both pets and people.

Treatment Options

Both oral and topical meds are effective in keeping cats or dogs free of fleas and ticks. But be sure to avoid treatments like bombs, powders, dips and sprays that contain chemicals like permethrin and other pyrethroids since they are especially toxic to cats. And while flea shampoos provide quick relief, it’s typically temporary since they only kill adult fleas on the pet.

Another quick fix is oral treatment. When opting for oral, you’ll need to combine the tablet with an IGR (insect growth regulators)-containing second treatment like a spot-on product from a tube. Otherwise, you’ll need to repeat the dosage until there are no more egg hatchlings.

Spot-on treatments are considered a safe option for pets, although they may irritate humans when coming into eye and skin contact. If this happens, rinse it off immediately. These treatments are also a concern for homes with small children since they take several hours to dry and the residue can be transferred from the pet.

It’s best to discuss options with vets so they can help determine which route will work efficiently for your pet, is safe for your household and is easy to administer.

To reward your kitty after his flea and tick treatment, treat him to a SuperCat™ cave. SuperCat’s Nanoburst™ technology is printed with small bubbles of catnip that burst when cats rub, scratch or buff the material. Treat dogs with our ultrasonic Hear Doggy™ soundless “squeaky” toys that are made with a squeaker only your dog can hear. These plush toys, available in a growing variety of characters, are manufactured with a durable Chew Guard Technology™ liner and reinforced seams made to withstand rigorous play.

While treatments against pests will keep your pets healthy, Quaker Pet Group will keep them happy!

 

 

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