Ticks And Fleas That Can Affect Your Petโ€™s Well-Being

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Fleas are the most annoying and common types of pests. They cause discomfort to our cats, dogs, and even us sometimes. To make matters even worse, there are around 2000 different types of fleas that exist around the world. Different species prefer to feed on different types of pets. Here are the most common types of fleas that you may find feeding off of your pet.

  1. Cat Fleas: This is the most common type of flea that can be found on both cats and dogs alike. The domestic cat flea also goes by the name Ctenocephalides felis. The cat flea selects dogs, humans, and cats as its preferred victims.

  2. Dog Fleas: Despite its name, the god flea will not just stick to dogs as its victims, but it can also be a problem for humans, cats, and other animals. The dog flea is scientifically known as Ctenocephalides canis and can also be found on wild animals like raccoons, opossums, and livestock. Cat and dog fleas both carry the common tapeworm parasite that can affect cats, dogs, and humans alike.

  3. Oriental Rat Flea: The scientific name of the oriental rat flea is Zenopsylla Cheopsis. These fleas feed off of cats and dogs when their preferred meal is not available – rats. They carry the bubonic plague, which can be deadly and often difficult to diagnose. They can feed off of cats, dogs, and humans when rats are not available.

  4. Tropical Hen Flea: The tropical hen flea is also known as the sticktight flea. Its scientific name is Echidnophaga Gallinacea. The sticktight flea can make a meal of anything in its vicinity. It usually prefers poultry but can also feed on cats, dogs, and humans.

  5. Rabbit Flea: Also known as the Spillopsylus Cuniculi, prefers wild and domestic rabbits. If there are no rabbits for it to feed on, it jumps onto dogs and cats as a source of sustenance. They can be found feeding on the ears of cats and dogs, often causing papules and crusts – especially in the area around the edges of the ears.

  6. Human Flea: These fleas target humans as their preferred hosts. Also known as the Pulex irritans and the Pulex simulans. Although their preferred hosts are humans, they will also feed on cats, pigs, and dogs when humans are not available. They can usually be found on wild animals, mainly from the canine family and also dogs and cats in particular. The Pulex irritans (human flea) and the Pulex simulans (false human flea) are technically two different species, but they are usually found together as they usually prefer the same hosts.

So now you have a fair share of ideas about the various types of fleas. But merely knowing the types and their details is not enough to tackle them. You should be aware of the ways to curb their growth too. Below you can find details regarding the same.

Why Use a Flea and Tick Spray-On Treatment?

Pet owners and health specialists recommend a variety of treatments for fleas and ticks. Some pet owners prefer spray-on flea and tick treatments because they go on immediately and can be used more freely than flea pills for dogs and spot-on treatments. In addition, many spray-on treatments are designed to be used in your home on upholstery, drapes, and bedding and to protect the household and surrounding area.

What are the Advantages of Flea and Tick Spray-On?

Unlike oral treatments, like Sentinel Flavor Tabs, or spot-on treatments, flea and tick sprays are designed for pets in all stages of life and health. Once the spray has dried, pets are safe around children, adults, and pets of other species. Spray-on treatments like Zodiac start killing fleas and ticks after the first pull of the trigger, and because it's designed for a wide range of ages and conditions, they may be a good choice for a pet owner with young or elderly pets.

  • Many spray-ons are engineered to have a pleasant scent

  • Spray-ons are effective for up to sixty days

  • Spray-ons kill and repel ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes

  • Spray-ons attack parasites during every life stage

  • Some spray-ons are designed for outdoor use to control unattached parasites

What Spray-Ons Are Right for My Pet?

Frontline Spray is a fast-acting, waterproof treatment for fleas and ticks. This product can be used every month and is also ideal for sudden infestations. Fipronil, the active ingredient in all Frontline products, is an insecticide that disrupts the central nervous system of fleas and ticks. This treatment stays effective if your pet gets wet and is suitable for animals eight weeks and older.

Sentry Natural Defense Spray provides flea and tick protection for cats and kittens and dogs and puppies. This product repels fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes by using natural active ingredients. The easy-to-use pump spray includes peppermint oil, cinnamon oil, lemongrass oil, thyme oil, and eugenol. Not only does this spray combat parasitic infestation, but it also has a pleasant non-chemical aroma.

Natural Chemistry Flea and Tick Spray for Cats comes in an easy-to-carry eight-ounce spray bottle and is safe for kittens and older cats. One application protects pets from fleas and ticks for one week, killing parasites on contact.

As with any pet treatment, consult your veterinarian for advice specific to your pet. While spray-on treatments are generally safe for pets in all life stages and health qualities, some animals are inherently sensitive to chemicals. Practice caution if your pet has shown past sensitivity to flea and tick treatment, and is sure to monitor your pet for signs of allergy after the first use of any new product.

Alternatives to Spray-Ons

A flea spray is effective for treating fleas in cats and dogs. However, these sprays are not the only treatment options. When it comes to flea treatment for cats and dogs, you have several options. 

Flea treatment for dogs includes dog flea pills alongside spray-ons. Capstar for Dogs is one such dog flea medicine that vets often recommend. Capstar also has a cat flea medicine – Capstar for Cats. They are both super effective in killing adult fleas.

Flea meds work by killing fleas before they can lay eggs and by preventing the development of new fleas. The most common type is called pyrethrin and works by attacking the nervous systems of adult fleas.

You can also use flea shampoo for dogs and cats while bathing your pet. Gently brush your pet’s coat with a flea comb while you do so. 

Keep the dog's fur clean and well-groomed. Fleas like to live in dirty areas, so keeping the dog clean and well-groomed will help prevent them from multiplying in those areas.

You should also vacuum frequently, especially in areas where your pet spends most of its time. This will remove any eggs that have been laid by the fleas and reduce the risk of an infestation developing.

After treating your pet for fleas, you can further prevent fleas from coming back using flea collars. Seresto Flea Collar for cats and Seresto Dog Collar are perfect for this job.

Flea collars are a great way to keep your pets safe from fleas. They work by releasing a chemical into the pet's fur that repels fleas from coming near the animal. This chemical does not have a smell or color, so it does not affect your pet's appearance or behavior. The only downside is that it will not kill any fleas that may be on your pet at the time of application.

Products Mentioned

Zodiac Spray
Frontline Spray
Sentry Natural Defense Spray for Dogs and Puppies
Sentry Natural Defense Spray for Cats and Kittens
Natural Chemistry Flea and Tick Spray for Cats

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This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis, or treatment by, your veterinarian. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified professionals with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard or delay seeking professional advice due to what you may have read on our website.

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