Are fleas and ticks tormenting your little puppies? Here’s how to help little cats and dogs fight this annoying problem.
Fleas and ticks in kittens: the remedies
Dogs and cats always cause concern in the attentive and caring owner, even more so when it comes to puppies, prudence is never enough. The small four-legged friends can become easy prey for fleas and ticks, with often disastrous consequences. Since they are newborn living beings, with fragile and delicate immune systems, they do not yet have an immune system capable of fighting the infections caused by these parasites. But before understanding how to eliminate the risk of bites and how to fight fleas and ticks, it is important to know how to recognize them. Here are all the useful information on the dangers that our little dogs and kittens run in contact with fleas and ticks.
- How to recognize fleas
- Fleas and ticks in puppies
- Symptoms of fleas and ticks
- A trick to recognize fleas
- Anti-flea and anti-tick methods for small dogs
- Bath and shampoo
- The tools to eliminate fleas and ticks
- Anti-flea comb
- Anti-tick tweezers
- Fleas and ticks in kittens
- Bath and comb
- Poisonous oils
- Anti-tick tweezers
- Bath and comb
- How to prevent fleas and ticks
- How to get rid of fleas and ticks in the house
How to recognize fleas
The flea is a hematophagous insect, that is, it feeds on the blood of the animals on which it rests. They move hopping and so they move on the body of the animal, depositing eggs with flea larvae inside. To recognize if your puppy has fleas it will be necessary to inspect the pet’s coat. A lump of black dots should be visible on the skin of kittens and puppies. They are the feces of the fleas that are left on the coat and that cause itching. The urge to scratch will therefore be an instinctive reaction of the animal to the action of the parasite, which sucks its blood.
Fleas and ticks in puppies
In puppies that love to play, explore the world and become familiar with their older peers, the risk of contagion is very high. So after every walk outside, especially in tall grass gardens, and after possible contact with strays, it is important to check the puppy’s coat. In this way we will be able to notice if there are obvious signs of these parasites and proceed to solve the problem.
Symptoms of fleas and ticks
A dog that has been a victim of parasites in most cases will start scratching nervously. Looking closely at the puppy, if we notice that the puppy scratches often scratching is more frequent than usual and seems like an attempt to free himself from something that is tormenting him, it is likely that he has been infected. Sometimes this constant scratching can irritate the puppy’s skin and cause it to bleed. So let’s pay attention to immediately notice the first signs.
A trick to recognize fleas
Itching is by far the most common symptom in puppies, but it may not even occur. If we try to wet the dog’s coat with simple water, we may notice red dots: in fact, the flea feces could change color from black to dark red when in contact with water.
Anti-flea and anti-tick methods for small dogs
Being very delicate and small animals, the remedies that are usually recommended for adults cannot be suitable for such a fragile organism as that of the puppy. So it is good to equip yourself with specific detergents and to try to remove parasites manually.
Bath and shampoo
To prevent the puppy from inhaling or ingesting toxic substances, which can be poisonous to his health, it is a good advice to buy detergents and anti-lice shampoo specifically for puppies.
The tools to eliminate fleas and ticks
To remove fleas and ticks manually, a delicate tool that does not leave scratches or marks, and therefore does not hurt the puppy, can be useful.
Comb it with this tool for the whole body, paying particular attention to delicate areas such as the ears and genitals. It is important not to use water that is too hot to prevent the puppy from getting burned, especially by safeguarding the most sensitive areas.
In the case of ticks, on the other hand, the best but also the most delicate remedy is to manually remove the parasite with the help of tweezers. Using this tool you will have to grab the head of the tick, rotate it as if to unscrew them and then pull them out. Be careful not to leave any residue inside the animal’s body: it could become infected and cause serious infections.
Fleas and ticks in kittens
The puppies of our felines are particularly delicate as they cannot easily be victims of some diseases carried by parasites, among which the most dangerous is Lyme disease. But given that the products on the market can be toxic and poisonous for small kittens, here are a series of natural remedies to eliminate the problem without harming the puppy.
Bath and comb
Using a flea comb and a bowl of warm water, that’s it! In the water we can dissolve specific detergents or cleansing oil that will make the hair softer and allow fleas to fall into the water.
Pay attention to the choice of oil! Often unknowingly it can happen to us to use eucalyptus or lavender or geranium essences, poisonous plants for our cute kittens.
As in the case of puppy dogs, manual removal is also possible for ticks in cats. Maybe after the operation, antiseptic products can be applied to the wound. If our cat has the habit of scratching and touching its skin with its paws, it will be necessary to make a dressing resistant to its ‘claws’.
How to prevent fleas and ticks
It is essential that the puppy follows the vaccination calendar and that no appointments are missed, to ensure total and perfect coverage for the dog. At the age of three months and once the course of vaccines is complete, his immune system will be stronger and able to fight off diseases and infections. In fact, only from the third month of life onwards the vet will be able to recommend anti-parasitic remedies such as sprays and pipettes.
How to get rid of fleas and ticks in the house
Fleas, as well as ticks, can lurk anywhere, and therefore it will be necessary to carry out an effective and total cleaning of the environments. It is advisable to collect all fabrics, curtains, sofa covers and sheets that may have been infected and wash them in the washing machine at at least 60˚, or perhaps even at higher temperatures. It is also a good idea to vacuum floors and furnishings before washing the floors with bleach and other specific products.
Prevention is, as always, the right way to fight flea and tick infections and to protect the animal from the risk of transmitting diseases. It is equally important to contact the veterinarian for any doubt or uncertainty: the doctor will be able to advise us on the most delicate but effective remedies for our puppy. Better to avoid do-it-yourself methods and always rely on the expert’s opinion.