One of the hardest things about being a dog is that you seem to be a constant magnet for fleas and ticks. Unfortunately, unless you opt for 24- hour dog boarding, there’s no way to totally avoid these annoying little pests.
But you can take preventative measures to keep fleas and ticks out of your home and away from your dog. The Barking Lot offers a few tips below to help.
The key to any good prevention plan is knowing where they hide and how they manifest in your pet. Fleas can be passed off by wild animals like squirrels, raccoons and skunks. Their eggs are usually found in places like carpeting, grass or furniture. Once they hatch, they attach themselves to your dog.
Ticks, on the other hand, lie in wait on low grass or shrubs for your pet to make contact.
Your first line of defense against these pests is to minimize the number of eggs in your environment. Ask your vet about the most effective treatment plan. This might include a number of products like collars, sprays, oral treatments and shampoos.
Experts say fleas are not only a challenge to your dog in the warmer months, but all year long. Some pests can survive in 65 to 80 degree temperatures and with the expectation of warmer weather, their numbers are only expected to increase.
That’s why your pet’s in need of around-the-clock protection.
Check The Product’s Dates
Whatever preventative plan your vet recommends, avoid using old or expired products and be sure to implement them as recommended for the best possible defense against fleas and ticks.
Removing Fleas and Ticks
Examine your dog regularly using a comb especially designed to remove fleas. Start by running your fingers through his hair. Fill a small bucket with hot, soapy water. Comb your pet’s fur from ear to tail. Check the comb for fleas as you go along, then clean out the comb and start again. Be sure to thoroughly clean up the area around you after you’re done.
Keep the Grass Cut
Maintaining a well-kept lawn could be just as important for your pet as it is for you. Ticks hang out in tall, grassy areas while fleas incubate in a warm, shady atmosphere. Cut out their hiding places by mowing the lawn and trimming plants and shrubbery.
Know the Symptoms
As parasites, fleas and ticks can cause more than just discomfort and itchiness in pets. A bite from one of these bothersome little pests can also result in allergic reactions, hair loss, tapeworms, anemia, swollen joints and fever – or lead to serious conditions like Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever or Erlichiosis.
If you suspect your dog is suffering from any of the above symptoms, contact your vet right away.