If you have a pet, you may treat that pet like a member of your family. When a member of your family is facing health challenges or health scares, you feel the impact as if the animal was one of your children. For some, they can’t have children, so a pet is the child they couldn’t have. So as pet owners, we tend to want the absolute best for our furry little friends. If you have a Siamese cat, furry may not fit the description of your little friend, but that’s okay. The point still applies. Animals are exposed to all kinds of potential ailments and threats. Many of those threats are beyond our control, but there are threats that we can control, or at least assist in decreasing the potential of your animal contracting a disease.
For example, according to 1800petmeds.com1, cancer in dogs and cats is one of the most common causes of chronic disease and death in middle-aged to older cats and dogs. Dogs have a 50% chance of surviving cancer if they contract the disease after the age of 10. Though there’s no way to avoid cancer in your animal all together, many times we could help lower the chances of your animal getting cancer by improving their diet. Understanding the risks and root causes of many issues pets face, is an important start to understanding how to combat or avoid root causes so your pet lives a long healthy and happy life.
One of the easiest annoyance your pet is exposed to, that we can control is flea and tick problems. Fleas and ticks are naturally attracted to your beloved animals, but this could pose all kinds of health issues, for the animal and for the owner as well. Many pet owners are remarkably unaware of the threats fleas and ticks on their animals pose to them and their household.
According to petproductnews.com2, 33% of pet owners say that they do not give their pets any kind of regular flea or tick medication and nearly half don’t bring their pets in for routine exams to protect against parasites. This is unfortunate because any health challenges your pet faces from prolonged flea and tick exposure is completely unavoidable. Diseases like lime disease that can be passed from a tick that was on your pet, to you, are also avoidable. Lime disease can wreak absolute havoc on a human body, so anything you can do to protect you, your family and your pet is worth investing some time and energy. Pets can’t verbally tell you when something is wrong, so it’s up to us to pay attention to the signs that something is off. There are great over the counter, as well as, prescription medications pet owners can purchase to help in protecting their pet against parasite threats; such as, fleas and ticks. To get pet owners started, here are a few great remedies you may want to look into to help treat your dog for ticks and fleas.
EasyDefense All-in-One Flea Remedy Powder uses natural ingredients that are gentle on your family pet. Ingredients like geraniol, peppermint oil, and calcium carbonate help to fight flea infestations throughout all stages of a flea’s lifecycle. It is friendly, safe powder that can be sprinkled on carpet, or even on grass. You do not need to sprinkle large amounts of the powder on your pet for the powder to be affective. Make sure to sprinkle some of the powder on flea and ticker vulnerable areas such as the belly and the legs. Also sprinkle powder along the spine ridge of your dog. It is perfectly safe for families with small children, which is a great peace of mind.
Trifexis is a prescription tablet that is actually chewable by your dog. Vets can prescribe Trifexis after a quick checkup and health assessment of your pet. One chewable tablet will provide protection for your dog for up to a month. Trifexis will also protect against chronic issues like heart-worms, hookworms, whipworms and others. It is given orally so there is no fear of dangerous or toxic chemicals that could get to your young children. But because it is ingested, there is a risk of sickness, fatigue, vomiting or diarrhea. This isn’t common, but it is a risk. Also, if your dog doesn’t like that taste, the side effect for pet owners could be extreme frustration trying to get them to take their medicine.
Vet’s Best Flea and Tick Home and Go Spray is versatile, similar to EasyDefense, in that it can be used directly on your pet or on surfaces fleas may be commonly found around your home. Since it’s a spray, it can kill adult, baby fleas and eggs on contact. This includes ticks as well. Peppermint and clove oil are a common ingredient in combating ticks and fleas. It is perfectly safe for human contact and other animals, if you are concerned about a cat or other dogs rubbing up against it. No need for soaking for effectiveness, you’ll just need a slight mist. It could possibly cause a little irritation to the skin, but nothing a quick rinse won’t solve.
Don’t hesitate. Use one of these amazing products right away to start offering your dog the best in top of the line protection against pesky parasites like ticks and fleas.