I love summertime, but the worst part is by far the bugs. Bugs like fleas and ticks are most prominent during the warmer seasons and can wreak havoc on your pet if not handled properly. Fleas, for example, can swarm in masses and quickly infest your pets and home.
The toughest part about flea control is that once the infestation has started, it can be difficult to stop in its tracks. While ticks can be less invasive, the can spread life-threatening diseases such as Lyme Disease which can be devastating or fatal for both you and your pet if left untreated. Keeping ticks and fleas away from your pet doesn’t have to be a difficult task. Take a dive into this article to learn some helpful tips and tricks on how to keep these pests away from your pet and home this season.
To kick things off, always keep the term prevention at the top of your mind. Preventing and controlling flea and tick infestations before they start is always the primary goal. While there are many avenues to solving the problem after it starts, preventive measures are always preferred. The main reason behind this logic is that these nasty little pests can feed on your pet’s blood triggering undesirable side effect and diseases.
It goes without saying that your pet will become sick or miserable if affected by these bugs and left unprotected. The first tip to controlling fleas and ticks is to always maintain a clean, manicured lawn. Your yard is the first line of defense when it comes to managing fleas and ticks as they naturally come from the outdoors. This means keeping your grass mowed and not allowing for hiding places to develop where fleas and ticks can seek shelter and continue to thrive. With fewer places to hide, fleas and ticks will be less present around your home. Not only should you keep your yard clean, don’t forget to keep your home clean too.
To remain victorious against fleas and ticks, vacuuming and washing will go a long way. Fleas can hide in blankets or your carpet meaning proper housekeeping is crucial to maintaining a safe and bug free environment for your pet and family. Complete the detox trifecta by regularly shampooing your pet. I know it can be a pain to bathe your animal, but it’s the right move and your pet will be grateful to not be dealing with an infestation.
Another great tactic is to utilize flea and tick repellents and treatments on your pet. Be wary of toxic chemicals used by certain products as to not harm your pet. It’s important that this step does not go overlooked. After shampooing your pet or periodically during the hotter months, try to use a natural repellent formula without DEET to give your pet the coat of armor it needs protect itself from danger.
Always check your pet periodically to make sure its always tick free. Mishaps can happen, but their easy to solve by removing the tick with tweezers and repeating the tips of above. Dispose of the tick properly and any materials used to clean your pet and home.
Prevention is the key to keeping ticks and fleas away from your pet. Stay vigilant and follow the tips above to maintain a tick-free environment.
Oregon Veterinary Specialty Hospital (OVSH) has been serving the Portland and Beaverton area community since 1979. Dr. Robert T. Franklin (Internal medicine) welcomes referrals from veterinarians all over the Pacific Northwest. Our goal is to help your pet regain health and live a long and happy life.
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9339 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy,
Beaverton, OR 97005.
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