Flea and tick season is upon us, and nothing annoys a dog more than those pesky pests. Responsible dog owners know that their canine companion’s warm body and soft fur is a personal paradise for these insects. But once they move in — and begin feeding on your pet’s blood — they can cause a wide range of health problems, from skin infections to Lyme disease.
Your best bet for effective and safe solutions is to ask one of our veterinarians, who is the most up-to-date on flea and tick preventatives, treatments, and information. But, what else can you do to protect your best friend or what if they are already in your home? Keep reading!
• Read the label. Never, ever apply flea medication made for cats to dogs unless the label says it is made for cats and dogs.
• Keep grass in your yard mowed as short as possible. Refrain from walking into grassy patches or heavily used pet relief areas. The CDC also suggests removing leaf litter, tall grasses, and brush from your yard.
• If you own multiple dogs, treat them all at the same time. This will help prevent cross-infestation.
• While dogs are being treated, the surrounding environment must be treated at the same time. Wash all bedding in laundry soap and hot water and heat dry or get rid of it, and completely vacuum the sofas and carpets. When you’re done, make sure to empty the vacuum containers outside.
• If flea infestation is extensive in your home, a “fogger” can be used. When you use a flea and tick fogger, the room must be evacuated of all pets and people for 12-to-24 hours (read label directions carefully to determine safety or ask your veterinarian). Be sure to choose a fogger that kills adult fleas and flea larvae.
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