Tips to protect your pet from fleas and ticks this summer!

Its summer and your pet is probably itching to go outdoors and enjoy the sun. However, some unwanted parasites out there may have them itching for other reasons. Fleas and ticks can cause lots of issues, especially in the summer time. Fleas and ticks can infest your pets and transmit diseases and other parasites not only to your pet but also to your family. Fleas and ticks can cause many serious problems, such as, Flea Allergy Dermatitis- which causes rashes, inflammation, and hair loss, Lyme disease, large amounts of blood loss, and much more. There are many precautions that can be taken in order to prevent a flea or tick infestation in your pet, which can even be transferred to your family.

Here are some tips on how keep your pet safe from these parasites:

  • When coming back inside after being outdoors, always check your dogs and cats thoroughly, especially in areas where they are known to attach (head, ears, folds of skin, between toes, etc.)
  • Limit the time your pet spends in uncared for areas of grass, i.e: parks, fields, etc.
  • Keep all grass around your home cut low and remove all weeds, wood piles, and debris from the yard
  • Bathe pets frequently
  • Wash all human and pet bedding, clothes, pet collars, and plush toys as often as possible
  • Vacuum carpets, floors, and furniture regularly
  • Look out for flea and tick infestation symptoms in your pet, such as itching and lethargy, and more severe symptoms, such as hair loss, inflammation, and secondary skin infections.
  • There are also steps you can further take to prevent your pet from being infested by fleas and ticks:

  • Look into lawn treatments, which can prevent ticks from establishing themselves in your yard.
  • Use flea and tick treatments, like Comfortis and Trifexis, which can kill fleas and ticks within 30 minutes of use, are easy to give to your pet, and prevent the infestation of fleas and ticks for up to a month.
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