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Flea & Tick Survival Guide

PetMD Editorial
Apr 30,2018

By Lindsay Schencker Now more than ever is the time to be proactive about pest prevention. Flea and tick season is at its peak in summertime, so you’ll want to ensure your dog stays safe. It's important to keep in mind that your pet can also be affected by fleas and ticks indoors. So, even if your pet barely heads outside, he's still at high risk from all of the pests that make their… Read More

Hanie Elfenbein, DVM
May 18,2017

Fleas are itchy and uncomfortable for our pets, but they are easily preventable. Options to protect your pet from fleas include collars, topical treatments, and chewable tablets. Nowadays, some of these preventatives last as long as 12 weeks. Some pet parents opt to use natural topical flea treatments, such as tea tree oil. However, tea tree oil can be toxic for pets if ingested or used… Read More

Jessica Vogelsang, DVM
Jan 18,2017

By Jessica Vogelsang, DVM Finding a tick on your dog is upsetting for a number of reasons. First, as we all know, it’s kind of gross, especially when the tick has been feeding for a while and is engorged like a bloodsucking raisin. More importantly, ticks carry a variety of diseases that can be passed to both dogs and humans. While many people are familiar with Lyme disease, anaplasmosis is a… Read More

PetMD Editorial
Sep 07,2016

There’s no denying it—fleas are gross. They can multiply quickly and infest your pet, causing him to feel uncomfortable for days or weeks on end until the infestation is properly treated. If your dog or cat has never had fleas before, but you’ve noticed him scratching more than usual, one way to confirm a flea infestation is to look for the presence of flea dirt. “Flea dirt is the feces of fleas… Read More

PetMD Editorial
Sep 02,2016

By Lynne Miller It’s easy to dismiss fleas. Unlike ticks, which are famous for causing Lyme disease in dogs and people, fleas don’t seem all that threatening. Mostly, we see the tiny bloodsuckers as a nuisance for pets and for us, not a serious threat to anyone’s health. However, fleas can transmit a surprising number of diseases to animals and humans. Fleas can cause serious harm to you and your… Read More

PetMD Editorial
Sep 02,2016

By Lynne Miller You quickly run your hands along your dog’s head, back, and belly, and, finding no ticks, you think your job is done. Actually, finding ticks on your dog is not so simple. These tiny bloodsuckers are good at playing hide-and-seek, particularly when their host is covered in thick, dark hair. Ticks can latch on to your furry friend and live in hiding, feasting on blood for several… Read More