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How to Control Ticks & Fleas : Flea Control Tips for Rodents

How to Control Ticks & Fleas : Flea Control Tips for Rodents


Hi this is Dr. Greg McDonald and I am here
for Expert Village.com. I wanted to go over some of the frequently asked questions on
my website that asked about fleas and ticks and by the way you can go to the website at
www.petpointers.com. So here are some of the questions we had come in. Do other animals
get fleas and ticks and if so, how do you treat them? Many other mammals are ones that
are susceptible to both ticks and fleas. A lot of our wildlife population carries these
as well. Some of our domestic or exotic species can get them. We call them pocket pets, some
of the rodents, rats, mice and things like that can also get fleas and some of these
products even though we call it extra label are okay to use with those animals but you
have to use them in reduced quantities and you have to work with your veterinarian in
order to do that. Again, ticks and fleas can attack all the wildlife mammals as well as
any of our domestic mammals or some of the exotic mammals that we have. Often times people
come to me and ask a question about my dog doesn’t have any fleas but he is still itching
and is that due to fleas or not? If an animal, dog or cat is allergic to the bite of a flea,
one flea bite can make them itch over their whole body up to 7 days not just where they
were bitten. So it is very very important to understand if you have a dog that is allergic
to the bite of a flea, they can itch even if you don’t see any fleas. On the other
hand, a lot of dogs can itch because of other reasons. There are other parasites that we
have and also a lot of pollen in the air and other allergies to food and other things like
that so it is very important to work with your veterinarian if your animal is itching.
The other question we often get through the internet sight is questions about safety of
these products. I do recommend these products strongly and I have not seen any ill effects
in the 5 or 10 years that these products have been out and again, it is really good to work
with your veterinarian in the event that there is something you suspect that is causing a
problem with your dog after you put this on your cat, you can work with your veterinarian
and find out if it is caused by the product or not. Again, some of the over the counter
products that we have are not advantageous, that means they don’t work as well and also
can cause some problems for your pet. The other thing about it is if you can get these
from your veterinarian is a question that is often asked. I do recommend that you have
a working relationship with your veterinarian. Some of these products we mentioned on this
tape is you can get over the internet but again some of these products are actually
fake products that come from over seas and the companies do not guarantee them if you
haven’t bought them through a veterinarian. So if your dog does get sick and then you
find out it did not come from a veterinarian, the company may not be able to help you. The
other thing that often is asked is how seasonal are ticks and this is kind of an interesting
problem because both fleas and ticks are seasonal but they are different throughout the country.
In other words in Florida, you can have fleas year round and in southern California can
have fleas year round but in the north area in Connecticut and areas like that they may
be just seasonal. Ticks are the same way. Some times the wet season in Southern California
create ticks so we have more of a winter time problem but the moist area in the northeast
is when you see ticks.

3 thoughts on “How to Control Ticks & Fleas : Flea Control Tips for Rodents”

  1. A kitten w/fleas landed on my front porch yesterday AM. It has been hanging out and laying down on my front porch that has outdoor carpeting, should I be worried? I brought in the cat to comb in some organic flea powder and give her a wash. I didn't let her walk around the house. I have ceramic tiles in my kitchen. Can this lead me to have fleas in my house after bringing her in for a wash on my kitchen sink? Any advise what to do with her or where to drop her off?

  2. drop off at the animal center? so they can kill it.. what kind of advice is that… bella Thanks for sharing your home with the kitten take it to the vet and get it dipped at the grommer it shall be gone

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