Keeping your Dogs Tick Free

Summer is just around the corner, and it’s never too late to make sure you keep your family – especially your furry family – safe from ticks. We picked out a few simple tips you can use to keep your pets tick free.

Keep Your Grass Cut Short

The shorter your grass, the less likely it is that you’ll have ticks living in it. Plus, the shorter grass means more sunlight, which creates a hot and dry environment on the ground, which is bad for ticks.

Landscaping

If you have overgrowth on the edges of your property, cut it back significantly and then make a border with mulch or gravel. Doing so will make it harder for ticks to enter your yard.

Be Careful Where You Play

It’s tough to completely control where your dog goes, especially if you like to keep them off the leash while out on a walk or at the park. But you can control where you walk and play. Try to avoid areas with high grass or wooded areas with low shrubs, especially if it hangs over into the path.

Be Careful Where You Play

Make sure to brush your pets thoroughly after walks or playtime – alone or with other dogs. Part their fur and get down to their skin, making sure you diligently check them. Don’t be afraid to bathe them often, and look for specific pet-friendly shampoos that kill ticks and pests.
Also, it’s a good idea to groom dogs with medium or longer hair during tick season. Doing so not only keeps them cooler and more comfortable in the heat, but it also makes it harder for ticks to latch on and easier for you to spot them if they do.
Finally, be sure to wash your pets’ beds, collars, toys, bowls, and anything else they come into contact with on a regular basis, and keep the floors of your home swept, vacuumed, and washed as well.

Use Tick Repellent

Finally, don’t be afraid to use a safe tick repellant. One blogger over at Primally Inspired points out one extremely effective, all-natural tick repellant: Rose Geranium Oil.
It’s relatively inexpensive, and she says that she puts just a drop on her dog’s shoulders and tail every day, as well as between her wrists and behind her neck, and she hasn’t had any problems with ticks since.

Useful Tick Links

mosquito and tick control can make your yard safe from disease carriers
Tick & Mosquito Control Page
how to identify ticks
Ticks: ID & Removal
Summer Ticks
Ticks: Prevention & Exclusion

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