The two flea specimens most commonly encountered are Ctenocephalides felis (affecting dogs, cats and most other mammals) and Ctenocephalides canis (affecting dogs only). In addition to drinking blood from their victim which may make them anemic after prolonged exposure, fleas can transmit many diseases, including tapeworms if ingested. Transmission between untreated animals is effortless, directly or indirectly; it is important to protect your pets to prevent infestation. Since fleas’ reproduction is completed in several stages spanning a few months, it is crucial to follow the dosage and recommendations of the topical treatment you have chosen to buy *. Depending on the animal species, the types of treatment and the doses may vary.
In Quebec, there are 12 tick species listed so far. They all carry disease, but the most common species found is Borrelia burgdorferi, also known as the blacklegged tick, which is mainly responsible for Lyme disease. These creatures hide in the bushes and tall grasses waiting for a perfect host to pass by, to feed and reproduce on the poor victim. The tick often goes unnoticed and it takes several days for it to get engorged with blood and be more apparent. Ticks are especially less visible on long-haired animals. If you find a tick on your pet or you suspect a bite, consult an animal health professional to ensure next steps. Please note that symptoms of Lyme disease in dogs can occur several months after the infective bite. Not all dogs have clinical symptoms, but the most common signs are fever and muscle or arthritis pain. Lyme disease is much rarer in cats but can cause similar conditions. The only 100% effective preventive is to completely eliminate the risk of tick bites by using appropriate preventive products *. Once the tick is attached to the animal's skin, you need a special tool to remove it. They’re for sale in pet shops or at your veterinary clinic, where experts will be able to show you the best technique.
The difference between Zodiac and veterinary products
Veterinary products are often more complete and more effective than those sold over the counter. Revolution, for example, contains selamectin and protects against fleas, ticks, ear mites, lice, heartworms and some roundworms. The products our team has chosen to offer and recommend are more like Advantage, having the same active ingredient (imidacloprid) and therefore the same effect.
Some low quality products sold in pet stores or large-scale retail stores can be very dangerous. Permethrin, for example, is an active ingredient commonly used in topical products for dogs but is extremely toxic to cats.
So not all items are problematic, we just have to get informed!
If you have a major infestation and regular products do not seem to work, it is suggested that you seek advice from animal health professionals and experienced exterminator in your area. There’s always a solution!
* Zodiac products on sale on our website as well as in store are among the most effective on the market, and at a good price!