4 Common Myths About Flea and Tick Prevention DEBUNKED
As pet owners, we all want to keep our furry friends happy and healthy. And one way to do this is by keeping them protected from fleas and ticks. However, with so much information available online, it can be challenging to separate fact from fiction. In this blog, we’re going to bust four common myths about fleas and ticks in pets and provide you with accurate and scientifically-backed information.
Myth #1: Fleas and ticks only live in dirty homes
Many pet owners believe that fleas and ticks only infest dirty homes. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Fleas and ticks do not discriminate and will live anywhere they can find an innocent pup or kitty to feed on. They are not confined to homes that are unsanitary or in a state of disrepair, no matter how often you mop or dust!
Myth #2: Flea and tick preventives are unnecessary in the winter
Many pet owners believe that fleas and ticks are only a problem during the warm months, so they stop using flea and tick preventives during the winter. Unfortunately, fleas and ticks can still be active and thrive even in colder temperatures. It’s essential to keep using flea and tick preventives all year-round to ensure your pet’s safety.
Myth #3: Flea and tick preventives are toxic to pets
Many pet owners are concerned about the safety of flea and tick preventives, believing that they may be toxic to their pets. However, this is a myth. Flea and tick preventives have been thoroughly tested and are considered safe for use in pets when used as directed. In fact, not using flea and tick preventives can be more harmful than using them, as flea and tick infestations can cause severe itching, skin infections, and even serious disease.
Myth #4: Flea collars are the best way to prevent fleas and ticks
Flea collars have been a popular method of flea and tick control for many years. However, they are not as effective as topical or oral preventives, and they may not provide complete protection against fleas and ticks. In fact, a study by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) found that only 28% of pets wearing flea collars were protected from flea infestations, compared to 98% of pets treated with topical or oral preventives.
Fleas and ticks are common problems for pet owners, but with accurate information, you can keep your pet protected from these pests. By debunking these myths, you can make informed decisions about flea and tick prevention and keep your pet healthy and happy.