With the arrival of sunny days, ticks and fleas inevitably make their return, sparing neither dogs nor cats. 30millionsdamis.fr reviews the solutions to avoid the hassles of the season for your pet.
The arrival of spring delights the owners, but not necessarily their furry companions. The rise in temperatures is inevitably accompanied by the reappearance of fleas, which experience a peak of recrudescence during this period. The tick also benefits from the return of heat to poison the life of your animal.
Precautions are therefore in order: animals living mainly in apartments are particularly exposed to parquet fleas, whose larvae can incubate for a year in the wood before colonizing the coat. The tick, which is found in forests and gardens, can transmit serious canine diseases, such as ehrlichiosis and Lyme disease.
Spotting the presence of unwanted insects on your animal is not easy: the discovery of small black balls – which are actually excrement – indicate that your animal is a carrier of fleas. If it is scratching, or if you notice hair loss on the stomach, back, and ends of the legs, it's time to treat it.
For ticks, it is easier since the insect is larger: you just have to observe the animal carefully or carefully run your hand through its hairs to feel their swelling presence under your fingers. Three days being enough for the tick to transmit a disease, it must be removed as quickly as possible, taking care to grasp it completely, including the head (using tweezers or tick pliers that you turn on itself without pulling until the tick unhooks). A vaccine against piroplasmosis (tick disease) exists: check with your veterinarian.
In the event of contamination by parasites, the consequences for your companion will be less unpleasant if you have administered a preventive treatment, applied at the end of winter, bought in a pharmacy or at a veterinarian. Necklace, spray or diffuser, many formats exist. It will also be necessary to take care to treat baskets, rugs, armchairs, as well as all the places to which the animal has access. Do not postpone this task: once on the animal, the flea lays up to 100 eggs per day!
Big Spring cleaning
This period is often the occasion for a major cleaning; it is more than likely that your pet will molt and the hair will invade your surroundings. Do not hesitate to carry out regular brushing… which will also have the advantage of helping you better detect parasites. If it is recommended to wash your dog from time to time in order to get rid of dust and various skin problems, you should also know that too many baths would damage his skin. If your pet is particularly reluctant, a wet glove passed over its coat will do the trick.
For cats, it's easier: they are naturally clean and wash daily. However, during the moulting period, a cat can absorb by licking a large amount of hair which can be dangerous and cause an occlusion. Regular brushing will prevent this accident.
And don't forget: your pet can also be affected by allergic reactions, like dermatitis. Do not hesitate to go to your veterinarian for a complete check-up.
Nature, a danger
In spring, everything blooms! But be careful during your walks, small plant bodies, such as spikelets, which cling to the coat and sometimes get lodged in the eyes and ears … sometimes have severe consequences. Daily brushing is strongly recommended, as well as an inspection of the coat after each walk, especially for dogs and cats with long hair.