Fort Lauderdale Pet Sitter discusses how to prevent fleas and ticks in South Florida
Being a pet sitter in Fort Lauderdale has really opened my eyes to the ongoing problem of fleas and ticks in South Florida. Up north winter would kill them off therefore we really only had to worry about fleas in the spring. Down South it is an entirely different story.
I offer cage free dog boarding in my home so I ask every client if there dog is on a flea and tick preventative and if so, what do they use. First off I am shocked at the number of people in Fort Lauderdale that do not use any flea and/or tick preventative. We live in the land of bugs, it is a must.
For those who do I have noticed an unsettling trend. The veterinarians have been moving dogs off of topical preventatives and putting them on a pill preventative. The popular ones I am hearing are Comfortis which controls fleas and Trifexis which controls fleas, parasites and heartworm. Though I am sure they are good products they do nothing to control or prevent ticks.
Fleas are an enormous problem for pets. Even pets that don’t go outside can get fleas. And furthermore once you have a flea in your home it can be a monumental problem for you.
A single flea can live up to 100 days and can produce over 2,000 offspring. Think about having 2,000 fleas in your home.
Flea bites are very uncomfortable for both dogs and humans. Fleas and ticks live off of your dog’s blood and they carry many dangerous diseases that can be transmitted to your dog. In severe flea bit infestations a dog can get what is called flea bit anemia.
Ticks usually like to hang out in damp areas and in tall grass and weeds. It is important to keep your lawn mowed and to walk your dog on a path and try to keep them out of the tall grass.
Another way to curb fleas and ticks in South Florida is to have a pet control spray on a regular basis.
I find the best topical flea AND tick preventatives to be K9 Advantix II, Advantage II, Revolution and Frontline Plus. Most of these can be purchased at 1.800 pet meds.
Be sure to protect your dog from fleas and ticks in South Florida. Here is a related article that was published in The Sun-Sentinel.