How can I keep my dog from getting fleas and ticks?

You can prevent your dog from getting fleas and ticks by using a monthly flea tick preventative all year round.

Dr. Joanne Goodman
Evendale-Blue Ash Pet Hospital

What are the different types of flea and tick preventatives?

There are several different types of flea and tick preventatives, including topical flea and tick preventatives, flea and tick collars, and oral flea and tick preventatives. It's important to remember that over-the-counter products may not be as effective as prescription-strength ones, and always follow the advice of your veterinarian when choosing the best prevention for your pet.

How do I know what is the best prevention for my dog?

Have a conversation with your veterinarian to determine the best prevention for your dog. This decision may depend on factors such as your pet's preferences, your preferences, and the presence of children in your home.

Is flea prevention needed year-round?

Yes, flea prevention is needed monthly, all year round, due to the flea life cycle. Fleas can lay dormant for up to eight months before becoming active, so continuous prevention is necessary to avoid infestations in your home. So if you only give the prevention for three months and there’s an egg in your house, the egg will hatch and become an issue, causing you to think the prevention is not working. Therefore, it is essential to administer prevention all year round, especially in areas like Cincinnati where the weather is a large variant.

How do I control fleas and ticks in my dog's environment?

To control fleas and ticks in your dog's environment, wash your pet's bed frequently, vacuum and sweep regularly, and pay special attention to vacuuming crevices in furniture. If your pet has fleas, be sure to empty your vacuum bag or clean your vacuum filter after each use to prevent fleas from re-infesting your home.

Are there vaccines for flea and tick-borne diseases?

There is a vaccine for Lyme disease, but there are no vaccines for diseases caused by fleas, such as tapeworms. Although you can deworm your pet to protect them against tapeworms, tick-borne diseases are nasty. We have deer ticks that are active if the temperatures are above freezing point, which is most of the time. Ticks also cause Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichiosis, and Anaplasmosis, for which there are no vaccines. However, preventing fleas and ticks with monthly preventatives can help protect your pet from these diseases.

Will fleas and ticks resolve on their own?

No, fleas and ticks will not resolve on their own. They reproduce quickly and can lay thousands of eggs, making it crucial to maintain a consistent flea and tick prevention routine for your pet.

Are there home remedies to prevent fleas and ticks?

Some home remedies, such as diatomaceous earth, have been suggested for flea and tick prevention. However, it's important to consult with your veterinarian about the effectiveness of these natural remedies and whether they are suitable for your pet.

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