With warmer weather on the way, pets are at an increased risk of picking up bloodsucking pests like ticks and fleas. Not only do these bugs bite, but they can also cause health complications and transmit dangerous diseases that can put your pet’s health in jeopardy.
For pet parents old and new, here are some tips to protect your pets from fleas and ticks.
1. Keep up your yard work.
Tall grass can become infested with ticks and fleas, especially if wildlife tends to visit your property. Clear away brush and mow your grass regularly. Also, make sure to throw away the raked-up trimmings and any fallen leaves, as they can provide a breeding and hiding place for fleas.
2. Routinely vacuum your home and launder the bedding.
You might not know it, but there may be flea eggs around your home waiting to hatch until warmer weather arrives. Vacuuming and laundering blankets and bedding reduces the risk that they’ll survive and hatch inside your home. Make sure you’re washing your pet’s bed as well.
Note: Flea eggs can survive inside of a vacuum bag, so make sure to throw the bags out. If there is no bag, make sure to empty the canister in a bag you can seal up and dispose of.
3. Inspect your pet for ticks and fleas, especially after long periods outdoors.
Keep an eye out for signs that your pet might have a tick or flea problem. Signs can include scratching, visible bumps from bites, and hair loss from scratching.
Pets typically pick up ticks from heavily wooded areas with thick brush or a lot of fallen leaves. If you take your dog hiking or let your dog play in an area like this, you should inspect them for ticks immediately afterward. (Don’t forget the ears and the “undercarriage!”)
Remember: once a deer tick latches onto your pet, it only has to be attached for about 24 hours to transmit Lyme disease. Timing is important.
4. Treat your yard with a pet-safe pest control product.
Going the “DIY route” with pest control can be ineffective at best and, at worst, put your pet’s health at risk. Enlist the help of a reputable pest control company that can offer you pet-safe flea and tick control services.
5. Do your research when it comes to flea and tick medications and treatments, and make sure your vet knows about any past complications.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution for flea and tick treatments. While some pets respond better to topical treatments, collars, and shampoos, others get the best results from oral medication. Share any concerns about treatment options with your vet, and make sure they have your pet’s full medical history so that they can make the safest recommendation possible.
- Make sure that the products you currently own have not been recalled.
- Never treat your pet with an expired flea or tick medication. If you’re not sure if the product is expired, throw it out. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
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