Flea & Tick Survival Guide

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7 Places Ticks May Hide on Your Pet
Where Do Ticks Hide?Ticks can pose a serious threat to our pets and their health. Ticks can spread diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. To help prevent your pet from getting infected with a tick-borne disease, it is always smart to check your dog for ticks after spending time outdoors or to check your cat for ticks if they are indoor/outdoor cats. There are a few favorite...
Where Do Fleas Live In and Around Your Home?
By Katy Nelson, DVM What fleas lack in size, they make up for in persistence. These tiny little bloodsuckers cost Americans around $9 billion annually to control* … one of the largest single expenses for pet owners.  I often have clients complain that though they’ve done their flea and tick preventatives religiously, at times they still find fleas on their pets.  Where are these fleas...
Where are Flea and Tick Populations the Worst?
Areas with Prevalence of Fleas and Ticks  By Jennifer Kvamme, DVM   Fleas and ticks pose more of a problem for dogs and cats in certain parts of the United States than in others. A climate where the environment is warmer and more humid allows populations of fleas and ticks to explode, causing serious health concerns for the cats, dogs, and humans in these locations.   The distribution of...
10 Ways to Stop Ticks from Biting Your Cat
By Jennifer Kvamme, DVM Removing ticks is undoubtedly one of the least fun summertime activities we have to look forward to every year. Not only are these blood-suckers nasty to look at, all filled up with your cat’s hard won blood as they are, they are also notoriously difficult to dislodge, making it so you have to get up close and personal to assure success. Because left too long or not...
How Did My Cat Get Fleas and/or Ticks?
By Jennifer Kvamme, DVM If you are a cat owner who has never had to deal with the problem of a flea infestation before, you may be surprised to find that your cat has been stricken with these pesky insects. Even if your cat stays close to home, fleas and ticks are canny creatures that will find ways to get into your home and onto your cat. All it takes is a few fleas to get established in your...
How Did My Dog Get Fleas and/or Ticks?
By Jennifer Kvamme, DVM If you are a dog owner who is dealing with a flea infestation for the first time, it is probably because you have been very careful about flea prevention. And yet despite your best efforts, your dog is now afflicted with these pesky insects. Even if your dog stays close to home, fleas and ticks are canny creatures, and they have ways of making it into your home and onto...