Flea and Tick Season Simplified

BY | November 07 | COMMENTS PUBLISHED BY

If you are a pet parent you know there is always something to worry about. One of the nicest concerns is finding that perfect spot for scratching behind the ears (and that just takes practice).  A much scarier issue to tackle is Flea and Tick Season!

But unlike the other four seasons, laid out on the calendar and detectable by the weather outside, flea and tick season changes every year, based on a whole list of measurable living conditions for the pests. Flea and tick season can last all year in some places! Therein lies the scary part. If we protect our pets nine months out of the year with a good flea and tick medication, we may feel our duty is done. But a small lapse can mean danger and discomfort for your dog or cat and might even mean veterinary bills that could make those three saved months of medication seem like a drop in the bucket. So how do you know when your pet needs protection? Enter the most useful tool in your online doggie bag: The Flea and Tick Map by PetCareRx.com.It's a customizable tool that lets you plug in your location and figure out the threat level to your pet from fleas and ticks right now. You and your pet should be able to play safely in every season, so take a look and find out when your pet will need flea and tick protection.

How to Treat a Dog with Fleas

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When you have a dog with fleas, things can go downhill fast. Fleas can suck lots of blood -- as much as 15 times their own body weight in your pet's blood, and all that biting leads to itching and sometimes even anemia. Plus, one female flea can lay up to 200 eggs in 48 hours, making the cycle spiral out of control. And as if that weren't bad enough, fleas can transmit even worse parasites, like a tapeworm. It's disgusting facts like those that keep products like Advantix and Frontline Plus on the shelves. Here's how to treat a dog who has fleas and get back to flea-free sanity!

If Your Dog Is on a Preventative

If your dog was already on a monthly preventative, such as a spot-on or collar, you can:

  • Use a flea comb to get the fleas off your pet. Dunk the fleas you find in warm soapy water to kill them. Dispose of them immediately, preferably in an outdoor trashcan.
  • Use a flea treatment pill that is safe to use on top of a spot-on or collar, like Capstar or Comfortis, to zap the fleas.

Don't use a flea shampoo (also called a flea bath), since you'd be exposing your pet to a possible overdose of flea treatment medications.

If Your Dog Isn't on a Preventative

  • Use a flea bath or flea treatment pills like Capstar or Comfortis to kill the fleas.
  • Once your treatment method has run its course (check the directions on the product -- Comfortis works to kill adult fleas for a month), you should get your dog on a routine flea preventative like a spot-on or a collar.

Not Done?

Has the problem already multiplied so that fleas are in pet beds, in your home, or living in your yard? Find out how to get rid of fleas in 8 steps with our interactive infographic. href>get rid of fleas in 8 steps with our interactive infographic.>

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