The dog days of summer are on us. I don't know about you but this dog stays in the house as much as she can. We go out in the early mornings and in the late evenings but still in Kentucky, we have humidity levels that match the temperatures.
Fleas and ticks don't care about temperatures. They care about where their next food source is. This is why flea/tick prevention is a must.
Don't become the next food source....
|Molly Mew loves to lay in the garden.|
Molly Mew seems to love the heat. She begs to go out in the morning and would stay out all day if ma would let her. Ma checks on her frequently to make sure she isn't getting too hot and there is always water out there along with the pond.
Molly has 6 places that she loves to lay in the yard. She sleeps in the garden, the shade garden, under the pampas grass near the pond, under the pampas grass by the fence, and a few more places that we can't tell you about because she would get mad. All these places stay really cool despite the rising temps.
This month ma gave us our flea treatments and she thought everyone was covered. Molly seemed to be scratching a lot but ma thought it was because of her laying in the sand in the yard. She gets a lot of sand in her fur. Ma took the furminator brush to her to get rid of the sand and she got a lot more than she bargained for.
Molly had FLEAS!! Molly was a flea bitten cat!! Scooby started scratching and ma found a FLEA on HIM! The breaking point is when ma got in the bed and there sat a FLEA on her PILLOW! Ma FREAKED!
She went to the calendar and looked to see when the cats had their flea treatments. IT WASN'T ON THERE! She looked back to last month and the kitties were 4 days past due. Ma counted how many flea treatments were left, there were 2 out of a 3 pack. MA FORGOT TO GIVE THE KITTIES THEIR TREATMENTS! NOW WE HAVE FLEAS!!!!!!!
*Runs away scared for my life*
Not good, for a woman who preaches about how you need to make sure you give a flea treatment monthly if you want to control or stop flea infestations.
Our kitten is still finally old enough for the typical flea treatments. Our kitten, Davy doesn't go outside neither.. Problem is, you don't have to have a pet that goes outside to bring in fleas.
You don't even have to have pets and get a flea infestation in your home!
It doesn't take long to have a flea infestation
Fleas feed on your pets and on you. Fleas drop their eggs on your pet but when your pet is on your furniture, your bed or your floors, the eggs fall off. While you may not see fleas on your pet, there are eggs ready to hatch in your carpet or along your baseboards.
Fleas can harm your pets and make them sick
I can't stress this enough. A few fleas maybe won't hurt anything but fleas breed faster than ants and if you ever had an ant infestation you know how many there can be.
Flea bite dermatitis -This is an allergic reaction to the flea saliva. Pets will become very itchy, may lose hair on the affected areas from licking and scratching, and may have red skin or scabs on the itchy areas.
Anemia- A severe flea infestation can cause your animal to have anemia. This is from the fleas sucking the blood and their bodies not being able to reproduce it fast enough. This is most common in puppies, kittens or aging pets
Tapeworms- Fleas carry tapeworms. When your pet bites at a flea and they end up swallowing it, the flea expels their tapeworm. Tapeworms get into the intestines of the animal and can stop the body from absorbing nutrition. If you see tiny white rice looking things on your pet's bottom, that is tapeworms. You need to go to the vet and get a wormer for those types of worms. Regular wormer will not kill tapeworms.
Don't you wish there was a product that lasted for months so you don't have to worry about fleas and you don't worry about missing a treatment??
There is! It is a Seresto® collar. Seresto collars protect for up to 8 mths. They do have a cat collar that has the quick release. If the cat gets the collar caught on something the collar will break. It is similar to cat collars that have the quick break tabs. They don't break easy but they break before strangulation happens.
|Seresto cat collar|
How does Seresto® work?
Seresto® combines two active ingredients, imidacloprid and flumethrin. The matrix of these ingredients combined slowly release over 8 months for continuous protection. Seresto collars are safe for kittens 10 weeks or older.
I know ma said with her birthday gift cards that she will be going to our local pet store and getting the kitties their own Seresto collars. No more missing treatments for them!
You can find out more about the Seresto collars and find the right fit for your pet by visiting Seresto
Would you ever consider using a Seresto collar on your cat??
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