If there are two things that can turn a fun day in the yard into a bad one, it’s fleas and ticks. Every pet parent knows they can be annoying, but it’s easy to forget how harmful these little pests can be. Fleas and ticks have been known to cause skin irritation, lead to Lyme disease, and even infest your house if they go undetected for long enough.
Keep Your Dog Safe From Fleas and Ticks this Summer
No pet parent likes heading to the vet for flea and tick medication every few months, but it will offer you peace-of-mind every time you let your pup run out and play. And while over-the-counter options are more easily available, they often don’t work as well as prescribed medications. From ointments and shampoos to collars, talk to your vet about the best option for your pup.
Protect Their Environment
What’s one of the best ways to prevent your dog from getting a tick or flea? Keep them out of your yard. Spraying for ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes will keep them from hanging out in your grass and latching on to your dog. You should also wash their bedding in hot water every few days to get rid of any fleas.
Check Their Skin Regularly
If you wait until your dog starts itching or scratching at their skin, you’ve already got a problem on your hands. Instead, run your fingers or a flea comb through their hair or fur when they come in from the yard. If you do find a flea or tick on your dog, remove it right away and pay attention to how your dog acts over the next few days.
Think Beyond Just the Summer
While it’s true that fleas and ticks are most common during the summer, they can pop up as early as February and last into November or December — unfortunately, ticks and fleas are a year-long concern.
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