Tag Archives: Tick

All you need to know about Ticks and Fleas

All you need to know about Ticks and Fleas

Ticks and fleas are a big problem for our four legged friends. So often I hear “Oh but my dog doesn’t have fleas, so no, I don’t use anything”. That’s just pure silly. The fact that a pet is flea or tick free today doesn’t mean it will be like this tomorrow. And believe me it is much easier to prevent the infestation than later trying to cure it.

I found a brilliant table on Cesar’s Way website, which shows the main differences between ticks and fleas – have a look.

Fleas v Ticks

Ticks crawl onto tall grass and shrubs and wait for a host to walk by. They can wait for a year without feeding. Dogs are most likely to pick up ticks while walking in the woods or high grass from spring through fall. Outdoor cats can pick up ticks the same way. Ticks are more common in warm climates. Ticks are much more dangerous for us and our pets. You can feel ticks while petting your cat or dog, and you can see them. They most often attach near the head, neck, ears, or paws. On cats, they’re typically found around the ears and eyes. Ticks can carry dangerous diseases, and it doesn’t take long for a pet to pick up the disease while a tick is feeding. If you find a tick on your pet, try to remove it as soon as possible. There is a lot of “magical” ways to remove ticks, but skip gasoline, nail polish, petroleum jelly, alcohol, or a hot match. These methods can force infected fluids back into the bite. Instead:

  • Use gloves or tissue to cover your hands.
  • Grasp the tick with tweezers from the side, by its head, close to the skin.
  • Pull straight up. Don’t twist.
  • Don’t squeeze (or pop!) the bloated belly.

Wash the bite area and your hands. Mouth parts that remain rarely cause serious problems. But if you’re worried, call your vet.

Ticks can transmit many potentially deadly diseases, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and ehrlichiosis; they cause similar symptoms in dogs, which include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Joint swelling or pain

These diseases can have serious complications, so prompt treatment is essential. Tick-borne diseases are uncommon in cats, but they can get a tick infection called cytauxzoonosis, which is often fatal – so do your best to keep pests off your cat and out of your home.

In addition to spreading diseases, ticks can cause other health problems in dogs, including: anemia, skin irritation or infection or tick paralysis.

Fleas are much more common problem. Fleas rarely jump from one pet to another, as is often thought. Instead cats and dogs pick them up from infested environments. This could be your garden, the local park, a friend’s house – any place where an animal that has fleas, such as a rabbit, hedgehog, fox or another cat or dog, may be found.

Most people think of fleas as a nuisance but they are much more than this. In addition to creating itchy spots they can carry diseases; the most popular being tapeworms. The worst part is that this doesn’t stop at pets; they can be transmitted into humans too.

The most obvious sign of fleas is scratching or when it comes to some cats over grooming. Fleas can jump and once in your home, you might need to treat more than just your pet 😦

So, how to protect ourselves and our pets?

The answer is simple: use a good quality preventive product to avoid the tick and fleas in the first place.

We use Frontline Spot On; it kills fleas and ticks and controls biting lice on both cats and dogs. Frontline Spot On is Fast Acting: kills fleas within 24 hours and ticks within 48 hours; it is long lasting: kills fleas for up to 5 weeks in cats and up to 2 months in dogs as well as kills ticks for up to months in both cats and dogs; it is water resistant, which means that your pet can swim or be bathed as usual from 48 hours after application.

Thing to remember: there is a lot of different products on the market but please whatever you choose always consult with your vet before picking any tick or flea treatment. Never use your dog treatment on your cat as this can be fatal. Never think your pet is safe from ticks or fleas because it simply isn’t true.

Be a responsible pet owner and protect your furry babies!

* Source:


Filed under Pets world, What's new

Is Your Pet The Pet Of All Pets?

FRONTLINE Spot On Launches Nationwide ‘Pets Will Be Pets’ Campaign Helping Raise Awareness of Fleas,

While Discovering a Pet Star!


Pet owners all over the country will be submitting photos and videos of their pets this summer to the ‘Pets Will Be Pets’ campaign, created by FRONTLINE Spot On, in order to win the coveted Pet of all Pets title!

The campaign, which will run throughout National Flea Awareness Month in June and throughout the summer, aims to raise awareness amongst pet owners on how to protect their pets from fleas and ticks so they can run explore, dig, lounge around and do what pets do best.


Did you know?
1 in 5 cats and 1 in 10 dogs have fleas*
And fleas multiply fast. Just one female flea can lay 50 eggs a day; so it can take as little as 21 days for one flea to become 1,000!


Just one monthly treatment of FRONTLINE Spot On will help protect your pet from nastiest such as fleas and ticks and the ‘Pets Will Be Pets’ campaign highlights just how easy it is to protect pets as well as the home.


To celebrate the launch of the campaign, a nationwide competition is running on Hug Your Pet where pet owners will have the chance to win £1000, a luxury pet hamper and a year’s supply of FRONTLINE (five runners up will also receive a year’s supply of FRONTLINE Spot On.)

Simply upload and share images and videos of the family pet to be in with the chance of winning. Closing date 29th August 2013. You can check full Terms and Condition here.


Roddy Webster, Head of UK Pets for Merial Comments: “This summer we wanted to bring some fun to the Pets Will Be Pets Campaign, while also raising awareness of a more serious issue – fleas. No one wants their pets to suffer from fleas, which is why we try and make it as easy as possible for pet owners to protect their pets with our FRONTLINE brand products. That way pets will look and feel their best – all in time to be entered into the Pets Will Be Pets competition”.


For more information on fleas and how to treat them and to enter into the competition visit  Hug Your Pet  or follow Pets will be pets on  Twitter.


*Bond et al. A survey of flea infestation in cats and dogs in the UK during 2005. Veterinary Record (2007) 160, pg 505-506.


1 Comment

Filed under What's new