What are the best flea and tick prevention practices?

What are the best flea and tick prevention practices?

As a pet owner, you probably know that you need to guard your dog against fleas and ticks. But how often should you keep up with these prevention practices?

Some dog owners may think that they only have to take care of their four-legged friend's flea and tick prevention care just once, but unfortunately, that's not the case. In fact, dogs need diligent, year-round care to protect them from flea infestations and flea- and tick-borne illnesses. 

So, what are some ways you should keep up with your dog's flea and tick prevention?

Once a month, every month
Fleas are tricky creatures. Not only can an adult flea lay up to 50 eggs a day, but the eggs can remain dormant for months, which means they can hatch even after you've eliminated all the fleas from your dog's skin or your home. Because of the prevalence of flea eggs, it's necessary to administer your pet's flea prevention treatment every month. Many topical medications, such as the Hartz® UltraGuard® Topical Flea and Tick Prevention for Dogs and Puppies, come packaged with multiple treatments, so you don't have to keep running to the store every month. 

Additional long-term prevention
An easy way to ensure that your dog is protected from fleas and ticks for the long term is by placing a flea collar around his neck. These specially designed collars, like the Hartz® UltraGuard Plus® Flea & Tick Collar with Reflect-X Shield™ for Dogs and Puppies, can repel and kill fleas and ticks for up to seven months. They can also eliminate flea eggs before they hatch, further blocking an infestation. 

House duties
To further protect your dog from a flea infestation, you must be diligent about your home. Fleas love to hide in all parts of your house, including the carpets and upholstery, so vacuum your rooms and furniture regularly. The power of the vacuum should kill fleas instantly, but toss out the dust bag of the vacuum immediately – just in case. Don't forget to vacuum your pet's bedding, too. Or, for extra protection, thoroughly wash it in hot water. 

Certain carpet sprays also ensure that your home is shielded from a flea infestation. For instance, the Hartz® UltraGuard Plus® Flea & Tick Home Spray prevents infestation in a home for up to seven months. 

This content is provided by the flea and tick experts at Hartz. We believe in offering safe, effective and affordable parasite prevention for every dog and cat.