Spring can be an exciting time for pet owners and animals alike. Longer, warmer days mean spending time outside will be more common and enjoyable! Unfortunately, spring also comes with an increase in flea and tick contamination in pets. Knowing the causes of flea and tick infestation along with some preventative tips will help keep your furry friends unbothered this spring season!
Checking the coat of your pet after playing outdoors can be a great preventative measure. Deer ticks only need approximately 24-hours to transmit Lyme disease, so this first line of defense can prove to be life-saving. The skin, ears, and armpits should be looked over after time spent outdoors, before entering the house. This habit in addition to regular checkups at the vet is also a great way to ensure the ongoing health of your pet!
Maintain the Yard
Many flea infestations and tick attachments begin in natural spaces. Ticks thrive in tall grass and fleas love warm, moist, and shady areas. Maintaining the yard around your home can prevent these bugs from setting up shop outside. Cutting the grass on a regular basis and raking dead leaves can give your pet a pest-free place to play!
Product Use and Application
The use of flea and tick medication is recommended by veterinarians across the country. It is important to understand that these medications should only be used as intended, and never used across animal types. For example, never use canine medicine on your felines. Many of these medications contain chemicals safe for dogs and toxic to cats, and vice versa. Ensure their safety by using these medicines as intended and never past expiration.
Spring has sprung and flea and tick prevention need to be taken more serious during these pre-summer months. Following these three tips will help you avoid a flea and tick infestation at your house and keep your pet happy and healthy!