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Ticks and fleas are not exclusive to the stray dog or alley cat. In fact, tick and flea infestation is possible simply because your pet enjoys the outdoors. Let’s take a closer look at the effects of these parasites and what can be done to prevent an infestation.

Where do ticks and fleas come from?

These parasites are found on roaming animals and in bushy areas. Fleas can also jump from one animal to another. Ticks mostly sit on shrubs and wait for furry paws to pass by so that they can latch onto the hair.

How will I know if my pet has ticks or fleas?

A flea is so tiny that unless there are quite a large number on your pet’s skin, you may miss the reason behind all that itching. Did you know that it only takes a small number of fleas to start uncomfortable itching? Fleas, while sucking blood, release saliva into the pet’s skin which can cause itching and redness. Certain species are also responsible for transmitting tapeworms to our furkids.

Ticks on the other hand differ from fleas in that they don’t cause itching. In fact, finding a tick on your pet is normally coincidental during a scratch or rub. Ticks latch onto the skin of your pet, and like fleas, are blood-sucking parasites. Depending on the species, ticks can cause severe medical problems. Always speak with your veterinarian if you are unsure about the type of tick that has latched onto your pet.

How do I prevent infestation on my pet?

There are many products on the market to prevent and treat tick and flea infestations. Bravecto is a topical treatment that kills ticks and fleas. It also prevents re-infestation of ticks for 4 months and fleas for up to 6 months. Taking into account the medical concerns of parasitic infestation, prevention is certainly better than cure. 

Oral versus topical treatments

Anti-tick and flea products are typically administered orally as a chew or topically. Studies suggest that oral administration provides slightly better protection. Bravecto Chew is also approved for use in breeding, pregnant, and lactating dogs. However, some pet parents prefer to dose topically due to fussy eaters not eating the chew and spitting it out or vomiting after oral administration. If this happens, it is advisable to consult a veterinarian before re-dosing. Both options are however effective and will help to treat and prevent infestations.

It is importance to note that Bravecto is not suitable for animals who suffer from seizures (epilepsy). Additionally, the application of this treatment is weight dependent. Always speak with your veterinarian if you are unsure about the correct tick and flea treatment for your pet.

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