Some people aren't adamant about flea and tick control, especially those who've never had to deal with an infestation before. However, just because a pet hasn't come home with fleas doesn't mean that it won't happen in the future. In fact, a lack of parasite maintenance can quickly result in everything from flea bites to disease, all of which can negatively impact cat and dog wellness.
In Tennessee, many pet owners are already dealing with these complications, according to WCYB-TV. The mild winter has given fleas and ticks a head start when it comes to affecting pets, and the issues continue as the summer rolls on. Warm temperatures and rainy weather are giving fleas a prime opportunity to find new hosts and cause headaches for pet owners.
"[Increased] humidity keeps the ground wet and allows the fleas to reproduce without any problem whatsoever," Mark Riehl, D.V.M., a veterinarian with Animal Medical Clinic in Bristol, Tenn., told the news source.
Another factor that contributes to the problem is pet owners themselves, according to Riehl. Even cats and dogs that spend most of their time indoors are prone to developing an infestation as a result of their human companions, bringing parasites indoors on their clothing and skin. Riehl offered this advice, also noting in his interview with the news source that he's seen a jump in flea-related cases in his office.
Keeping fleas away from cats and dogs
The climate in your area might be making it more difficult for you to keep ticks and fleas away from your pets. However, there are several items on the market that can help you reduce the chances of having to combat an infestation or parasite-borne disease. Products such as Hartz® UltraGuard Plus® Flea & Tick Collar for Dogs can help you deter ticks, fleas and mosquitoes for up to seven months, and similar products are available for cats.
Topical drops can provide protection as well for a maximum of 30 days, giving pet parents peace of mind. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommended speaking to your veterinarian about which products are best for your specific pets based on their breeds, ages and sizes. Doing so can help you ensure that your animals are always shielded against parasites and their diseases.
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