Keep Your Four-Legged Friend Protected
Fleas and ticks are annoying parasites that can not only cause discomfort to your pet, but they can also contribute to the spread of diseases. While flea and tick problems tend to increase during the spring and summer, they can still arise during any time of the year. Fortunately, you can protect your dogs and cats from the threat of fleas and ticks using these simple tips.
Use Flea Control Products
There are many different types of flea control products on the market that can be selected according to your pet’s needs. Natural products, such as vinegar rinses, have been shown to be effective at preventing infestations. Additionally, drops, shampoos and tablets containing pesticides can be applied or taken orally by your pet. When using flea control products, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends following the instructions on the label closely for the best results at eradicating an infestation.
Create an Outdoor Safe Zone
When your pet is outdoors, you can help to steer them away from areas that attract fleas and ticks. Creating an outdoor safe zone where your pet can play is also an effective way to prevent flea and tick bites. Be sure to keep this area mowed and free of shrubbery. It may also be necessary to treat your pet’s outdoor play area with pesticides to keep fleas and ticks controlled.
Check and Comb
Even if one flea or tick gets on your pet, it can quickly begin to reproduce and cause a serious problem. Therefore, you will need to check your pet regularly after they have spent time outdoors. Using a flea comb can also help to remove fleas and their eggs before they have a chance to reproduce. If you do find a tick, be sure to remove it carefully using tweezers or a tick removal tool.
Preventing flea and tick bites is essential for keeping your pet healthy. By using a combination of flea control products and outdoor maintenance procedures, you can make your home uninhabitable for these parasites. Once fleas are controlled, be sure to continue checking your pet on a regular basis so that the proper steps can be taken to keep their coat clear.