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      PetCareRx Advise On How To Protect Your Pets From Fleas And Ticks

      More than just a minor nuisance, fleas and ticks can cause serious health issues in pets.

      Fortunately, there are some easy ways that you can keep your pets safe and protected, preventing problems with these common parasites.

      Blake Brossman is the owner of PetCareRx – a pet meds supplier and pharmacy that provides medicines for animals at affordable prices. Blake set PetCareRx up after he had to pay large amounts of money to buy medicine for his sick dog over two decades ago.

      In light of having to pay $700 for pills that cost under a dollar to manufacture, Brossman went about his mission to provide low cost animal medicines for the masses. Many years down the road, PetCareRx has grown into a full service pet pharmacy and pet supply provider and also a fantastic resource for dog owners across the world.

      Blake was very happy to give us his time and help us create this piece on protecting animals from fleas and ticks.

      So, if you have a pet, try using these seven steps to keep your pets free from fleas and ticks:

      1. Make sure your pets are protected throughout the entire year.

      One of the biggest mistakes that pet owners make is only treating their pets for fleas and ticks during the summer. Although it is true that this is the worst time of year for these parasites, they can actually infest your pets any time of the year, including during the winter. Most veterinarians suggest treating pets throughout the entire year to minimize the risk of developing infestations. There are a lot of different preventive treatments available. Talk to your veterinarian about which ones are best suited for your pet. Always follow the treatment guidelines provided by your veterinarian as closely as possible for the best results.

      2. Always use the latest products and make sure that they aren’t expired.

      Every year, new advancements are made in the field of flea and tick prevention. If you have old products laying around, avoid the temptation to use them – especially if they are expired. Instead, stay up-to-date with the latest products, regularly checking in with your veterinarian to make sure that the treatment methods you are using are the most effective ones currently available for your pets.

      3. Never use flea and tick products on cats that are designed for dogs.

      There is an ingredient in many flea and tick products that are designed for dogs that is toxic to cats. When cats are exposed to it, it can cause a major reaction that needs to be treated by a veterinarian immediately. The likes of Nexgard is a product design for dogs and should be used responsibly and instructions should be followed. Always read the label on the product carefully before applying it to your pet, making sure that it is species-appropriate. Follow the directions precisely to avoid unintended consequences.

      4. Regularly inspect your pet for ticks.

      Anytime you visit an area where ticks may live, you should carefully inspect your pet when you get home. Check under their arms, behind their ears, and all over the surface of their skin. Deer ticks are known carriers of Lyme disease. It takes about 24 hours for the disease to be transmitted after a tick bites your pet. That means that if you can find ticks soon enough, the chances of your pet contracting a disease are significantly reduced. If you do find a tick on your pet, let your veterinarian know. Additionally, keep an eye on how your pet is behaving, taking note of any significant changes in their attitude, appetite, or behavior.

      5. Keep your pet well groomed.

      The grooming process is not only enjoyable for your pet but it also helps you bond with one another. As an added bonus, it makes it easier to spot problems with fleas and ticks before they become major issues.

      6. Keep your outdoor space clean, tidy, and well-maintained.

      Pests like fleas and ticks tend to hide in areas where the grass is tall or where there is a lot of debris to provide shelter. You can minimize the risk of these parasites taking up residence in your yard by keeping your outdoor space well-maintained. Regularly mow your lawn, trimming around the edges to remove tall grass. This prevents fleas and worms that can cause issues such as heartworm disease in dogs. Raking up leaves and removing loose vegetation can also go a long way toward keeping your yard pest-free. It’s also a good idea to ensure your dog takes a heartworm product such as Heartgard to prevent such problems.

      7. Take your pet to the vet on a regular basis.

      When you bring your pet in for a routine exam, the veterinarian will inspect them for signs of fleas, ticks, or other parasites.

      Health Conditions Associated With Parasites Like Ticks And Fleas

      Pets who are infested with ticks or fleas can develop a number of different health conditions. Taking steps to prevent infestations with these common parasites is not only important for the comfort of your pet, but also for their health. Here are some of the problems that can occur:

      * Dermatitis caused by flea allergies. Some pets are particularly sensitive to flea saliva. When they are exposed, it can cause their skin to become extremely itchy and inflamed. In some cases, it can also cause hair loss.

      * Anemia can develop in pets that are young or weak. Large flea infestations can cause significant blood loss, resulting in anemia. Common symptoms include weakness, fatigue, and pale gums.

      * Flea infestations can result in tapeworms. Even though fleas don’t transmit the tapeworms directly to your pets, they do act as carriers. If your pet is grooming themselves and happens to swallow a flea that is infested with a tapeworm larva, they can develop a tapeworm infestation of their own. If you notice white rice-shaped pieces in your pet’s feces or around their anus, contact your vet to have them treated for tapeworms.

      * Tick bites can cause pets to develop Lyme disease. This disease is particularly common in certain regions and can result in symptoms like fever, a decrease in appetite, swelling in the joints, and lameness.

      * Ticks are also carriers for Rocky Mountain spotted fever. This infection can result in sore muscles and joints, fever, and a decrease in appetite. Ticks throughout the country are carriers, meaning that these infections are not just limited to areas that are located in the Rocky Mountains.

      * Another infection that can be transmitted to your pets is Ehrlichiosis. This illness results in bleeding issues, high fevers, a loss of appetite, and depression and can range in severity from relatively mild to quite severe.

      So, no you have read this post we created with the help of PetCareRX – you can be certain you’re in a better position to prevent issues for your animal.

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