Spring means the return of warmer weather and often longer periods of time outside. However, it can also mean the return of various parasites. Here are some tips on insect repellent to help keep your pets protected.

When insect repellent becomes a necessity

Thanks to the warmer weather and abundance of new life, cats, dogs, and even small animals are more likely to come into contact with parasites than they are in winter.

Ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes are just some of these parasites.

Ticks can be fatal to your pet because they can transmit Lyme disease, which causes fever, muscle and joint pain, as well as more serious problems such as heart or kidney failure, and nerve disorders.

There are various precautions you can take to keep parasites away from your animals, however these can often be confusing due to the large number of products available on the market.

Understanding insect repellents

The most important element to first understand is the distinction ​​between the two types of insect repellent options available to you.

- Insect repellents deter ticks, fleas and mosquitoes from coming into contact with your pet. However, these do not kill those already settled or having already bitten your animal.

- Preventative treatments (what humans might call insecticides) kill these pests while preventing their recurrence.

The latter is the preferred method for preventing any parasite issues faced by your pet, although the former can be a handy means of helping to deter any hardy parasites in the interim.

Warning: products designed for dogs do not suit cats, and vice versa. In fact, the wrong pesticide can be toxic to your pet if not used correctly. Therefore only use products designed for the animal and intended purpose. If you are unsure or have any questions, talk to your vet who will be able to give the best advice. Also read the directions on the package so you can learn more in the process and when talking to an expert.

In order to treat or prevent parasite issues in your pet, there are a range of different application methods for you to consider. These come in the form of sprays, pipettes, pills, and washes, for example. Your vet will be able to recommend a good quality product suitable for your pet.

Additionally, there are organic and/or natural certified treatments available that you may like to consider. Again, consulting your vet about which products will be best suited to your pet will help to ensure they are adequately protected.

With the new season on us and new lease of outdoor living right around the corner, make sure you've considered your pet's treatment options so they can also enjoy the outdoor space with you.

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