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Vet Q&A with Dr. Jesus Aramendi: Pet Flea and Tick Control

As pet parents, we’re responsible for keeping our dogs and cats happy and healthy, and that means protecting them against parasites like fleas and ticks. But where do you begin, and just how important is flea and tick protection? We teamed up with Dr. Jesus Aramendi, DVM, to answer your most pressing questions on the pet flea and tick control.

Q:

How do I get rid of fleas on my puppy?

A: Take your puppy to the veterinarian. They have the best FDA approved products and they'll make the best recommendation for your puppy.

Q:

Should I consider natural remedies to get rid of fleas?

A: Although there's a good amount of information out there online in social media that says that some natural remedies get rid of fleas, they lack scientific evidence on those studies. So, for that reason, take your pet to the veterinarian because they have the best products.

Q:

At what age can I start flea and tick treatment for my puppy?

A: A great age to start flea and tick treatment is as soon as you get them. There are some products that are good for six weeks of age and there are some products that your puppy or kitten needs to be at least 6 months old.

Read about flea and tick prevention for puppies and kittens here.

Q:

How harmful are fleas and ticks for pets?

A: Fleas and ticks could be very dangerous for your pets. They feed from them, reproduce on them and in your home and they could transmit diseases, such as Lyme disease, not only to your pet but to your family as well.

Read about diseases caused by fleas here.

Q:

My cat spends all its time indoors. Can it still get fleas and ticks?

A: Unfortunately, indoor cats can get fleas and ticks. These parasites find ways to get into your home. They use your car, plants, storage and even your clothing to get into your house.

Check out the best-selling flea and tick treatments for cats. 

At the end of a day, a little prevention goes a long way in battle against fleas and ticks. Still have questions about pet flea and tick control?

Read our guide to flea and tick protection for dogs.

Read our guide to flea and tick protection for cats.

By: Chewy Editorial

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