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Prevent the Bite: Flea and Tick Care

tick on dogs noseNot only are they little annoying bugs, but the baggage of fleas and ticks carries more lethal consequences than you might think. They can spread diseases with them that are life threatening to your furry friends. Thriving in warmer temperatures, now is the time to be double, maybe even triple, checking your pets for the tiny bugs. With that, it’s important to always check year round because it isn’t unlikely to end up with a tick or flea ending up in your house in the late fall or early spring months either.

 

At Agway of Cape Cod we care about the health and safety of your four-legged friends and we carry a range of prevention products that can keep fles, ticks, lice, mosquitoes and larvae at bay.

Some flea and tick prevention products for your pet that we carry are;

Frontline Plus

frontline

Equi-Spot (For Horses)

equi-spot

Petlock

Pet Lock flea and tick prevention

Avantect

avantect

K9 Advantix

k9 advantix

Vetality Firstectplus

firsttect plus

Seresto  

seresto  

 

*It’s important to always read directions and know what medicine is for what type of pet.

Never use a tick preventative for cats on a dog and vice versa.*

 

Some other tips to keep the pesky bugs away;

  • Groom your pets regularly
    • Check for areas on your pet where the fur or hair is thin and sparse. The sooner you remove a tick from your pet, the less likely they are to contract a disease from the insect. Make a habit of checking your pet after every walk or trip outside.
  • Clean up your yard
    • Keeping the grass short and weeds out of the yard. Ticks thrive in grassy patches so try to refrain from walking in those areas. Fleas need warm, wet, and shady areas so raking leaves and trimming branches will cut them from your lawn as well. Learn from the Cape Cod Plant Doctor on how you can treat your lawn at www.capecodplantdocotor.com
  • Don’t use old preventatives
    • Just like any other medicine, you don’t want to use old or outdated flea and tick treatments on your cat or dog. They won’t work the same or possibly at all so invest in new products every year or dates given on the package.

Use products wisely and make sure you read all directions and labels on packages. Make sure you also discuss tick prevention with your veterinarian as well. For more on ticks, read our previous blog Let’s Talk Ticks: Tips for Staying Tick Aware.

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