When it comes to bugs, every animal owner can tell you they’re the worst part of summer! From biting flies to horse flies, mosquitoes, ticks, and more the general consensus is that they’re a nuisance at best, and an outright danger due to the diseases they can carry at worst. Even more so, due to the extremely rainy past year we have had, the bugs are worse than they have been in years. So what can you do for pest control for pets? Here’s some tips to help you out!
Pest Control for Dogs
Dogs are prone to fleas, ticks, and mosquito bites and some dogs – especially thinner coated ones – can be irritated by various types fly bites as well. Here’s some tips on pest control for your dog.
- Use protection that lasts – consider the Seresto® Flea and Tick Collar that lasts up to 8 months to prevent fleas, ticks, lice, and even sarcastic mange. Another option is the Bravecto® tablet that is an easy to feed chew or topical that protects your dog from fleas and ticks in a safe, easy to use format.
- Check your pet regularly – after hiking, playing, or other outdoor adventures, be sure to look over your dog closely for any lingering pests such as ticks that may still be hanging on as the preventative takes effect. It’s also good to look your dog over for any rashes or irritations from biting flies or other bugs that may not be covered by some of the preventatives available.
- Consider a topical spray for high-risk areas. Going camping for a week in the woods with your pooch in tow? Great! But pack the bug spray for your dog, too. There are various brands that are available for dogs that help beyond the core coverage of a preventative spot on or collar. These can help with biting flies, mayflies, and other such irritations that can be really pesky, especially when you’re camping for several days. Ask your veterinarian for their recommendations and be aware that some at-home and “natural” remedies may actually be harmful to your pet. That’s why we always recommend speaking to your vet first.
- What about Heartworm preventative? As a disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes, protection is a must for all dog owners! We recommend Sentinel which protects for more than just Heartworm but other intestinal parasites as well.
- Don’t forget the sunscreen! Okay so while this doesn’t directly have to do with bugs, the sun can also be a risk factor in the summer. Lighter and thinner skinned dogs can get sunburned just as much as humans can so it’s important to also use sunscreen in conjunction with pest protection for your dog.
Pest Control for Cats
Like their canine counterparts, our feline friends can also be affected by the battle with bugs. They are not as prone to some of the tick borne diseases that dogs can get (such as Lyme which is extremely rare in cats), but they can bring ticks and other pests inside where they can climb onto you – ew! It’s important to make sure your cat is protected as well.
- Again use protection that lasts – the Bravecto® brand also has a topical formula that is safe to use in cats. Really! Read more about Bravecto for Cats, and consider this as a very strong option for flea and tick control on your kitty. It even protects against the dog tick – a common freeloader that may hitch a ride on your kitty into your house. Gross! It’s only available by prescription so make sure to schedule your appointment today.
- Be careful with essential oils and other “natural” products. Cats’ systems are even more sensitive than dogs, and essential oils can be lethal. Depending on what kind, and the ingredients in the oils or even in natural flea and tick spray, there can be serious consequences for your kitty. Before you use any product that you didn’t get directly from your vet, ask them for their opinion first. Or better, purchase something that is regulated and safe and proven to be safe for your cat.
- Flies aren’t as much of an issue for cats, and even mosquito based issues are rare in felines due to their short dense fur, but they can still get bitten on their ears and face. While rare, cats can get Heartworm disease, and the best preventative for that is either Revolution or Heartgard. Talk to your vet about which is best to keep your kitty safe.