Flea and tick prevention is an important part of your pet’s wellness plan. We’ve gathered key information that you need to know to help keep these pesky parasites off your pet.
Why is flea and tick prevention important?
Fleas and ticks can cause many problems for your pet, including giving them diseases. Some of these cause severe, lifelong illness, while others can be deadly. Fleas and ticks can also cause skin irritation and, in some cases, allergic reactions.
In addition to keeping your pet safe, flea and tick preventatives also keep you and your family safe. There are several diseases that fleas and ticks can transmit from animals to humans, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Bartonella, and more. Keeping your pet up to date with preventatives helps to keep these bugs—and their diseases—out of your home.
How much does it cost, and what if I can’t afford it?
Costs for flea and tick prevention vary depending on the type that your pet needs. Speak with your veterinarian about the best choice for your pet, then visit our Resource Guide to learn about low-cost opportunities.
But what if my pet doesn’t ever go outside?
Even if your pet doesn’t ever go outside, they’re still at risk of picking up fleas and ticks. If you have other pets in your home, such as a dog who ventures outdoors, it’s possible for them to bring fleas and ticks into your home and give them to your indoor cat. These parasites can also get on your pet at a vet visit, regardless of how clean the vet’s office is, and come through window and door screens in your home.
Fleas and ticks can survive in a variety of climates and have no problem thriving inside your home. Fleas are especially hardy and can be difficult to get rid of, so it’s best to use prevention regardless of whether your pet goes outside.
I can’t get my pet to take pills. How can I prevent fleas and ticks from bothering them?
That’s OK! There are many effective flea and tick preventatives available to pet owners, including those that can be applied topically, or directly to the skin. Speak with your veterinarian about the best option for your pet.