Pets & Pests: Comb by way of your choices for the most effective critter management


Lots of us know the horror of petting our canines and cats solely to come back throughout tiny, blood-sucking critters on their fur or hooked up to their pores and skin.

Simply the opposite day, my cat was batting round a grey, rectangular object that was the dimensions of a dime. My 5-year-old daughter requested my spouse and me what it was. Upon inspection, I introduced, in dismay, “It’s a bloated tick!” If emojis had been applicable right here, I might insert three inexperienced little faces.

Our cavalier, Darcy, had been carrying a Seresto collar, which has constantly stored the fleas and ticks away for a couple of years. We have now tried a couple of chemical-free merchandise on her, however Darcy has a extreme response to fleabites, so we wished one thing stronger. Darcy had no points with the collars, however, after studying the current warnings and experiences of harm and dying to some pets that wore them, we took it off a pair days in the past.

This tick appeared to be lifeless, so I assume the poison that remained on Darcy’s coat after we eliminated the collar was sufficient to kill it. Nevertheless, it ate thoroughly earlier than its demise, and there remains to be a risk that it transmitted a bacterium (Borrelia burgdorferi) that causes Lyme illness. Now, we headed to her veterinarian for a Lyme illness screening. I actually have seen the consequences of untreated, tick-borne sickness, and it’s heartbreaking. Lyme illness may cause fever, joint swelling and ache, lameness, lack of urge for food, lethargy and injury to the kidneys.

There are a ton of flea and tick preventatives accessible in lots of varieties at this time. Oral and topical medicines, collars, shampoos, sprays, powders and oils have saturated the market. A century in the past, folks had been dousing their properties with kerosene and rubbing crushed mothballs into animals’ fur. Since then, the trouble to stop and kill pests has turn out to be simpler for pet house owners. It’s a dream come true, in a way, however typically on the expense of our pets’ well being and the atmosphere.

The FDA regulates and experiences on the chemical substances utilized in flea and tick merchandise. At, you will discover, and I encourage you to achieve this, data on the elements utilized in these merchandise, along with the dangers they carry for harming pets, people and the planet. Simply because the FDA approves a drugs doesn’t imply it’s solely secure for all pets. On the flip facet, not all merchandise touted as “pure, natural or plant-based” are secure for all pets both. Be sure you learn labeling and critiques of the merchandise, and consult with your veterinarian earlier than selecting the one which is correct to your pets.

After studying critiques and labels and speaking to the vet, it is best to select the most effective, most secure and handiest treatment. The dimensions, breed, well being and life-style of your pet will allow you to decide your wants.

Does your pet keep indoors? If that’s the case, chances are you’ll not want a lot, if something in any respect. What style of coat have they got? An extended coat gives loads of locations for bugs to cover and breed. A brief coat is simpler to administer and comb by way of with a flea comb. (Flea combs are one in every of my favourite instruments, as they’ll take away fleas and unattached ticks with nice efficacy.) Additionally, think about the place you reside and journey together with your pets, their contact with different animals, and in the event that they work together with younger kids. I point out the latter since the chemical substances used on pets are poisonous if ingested, and kids shouldn’t contact them.

The most effective piece of recommendation I can impart is to repel the biting pests earlier than there may be an issue. I actually have been utilizing a couple of totally different merchandise with neem, citronella, rosemary, peppermint or lemongrass oils for 20 years with none adversarial reactions for my pets or my household. They will also be used together with prescribed drugs, except the labels state in any other case.

Pest management will not be a one-size-fits-all program. There’s a fragile stability between holding pets secure from too many chemical substances and avoiding the lethal illnesses unfold by fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. Assess the well being of your pet earlier than utilizing any product. Regardless that reactions to medicine can occur to any pet, those with well being points usually tend to have an adversarial response. By no means use a drug in your animal that isn’t prescribed for them, and at all times buy from a veterinary apply or registered vendor. Discovering the correct pest management routine could be troublesome to navigate, however buying extra data from respected sources will at all times be to your profit.

You might be your pet’s greatest advocate.

Kristen Zellner is proprietor of Abrams & Weakley Normal Retailer for Animals, 3963 N. sixth St., Harrisburg. For extra data, name 717-232-3963 or go to


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