Fall is a time for apple picking, pumpkin carving, and Halloween candy. However, it is also when fleas and ticks are at their worst. Fall is flea and tick season, and that means dog owners must take extra precautions to keep their four-legged friends from harm.
Flea and tick prevention products
The best way to prevent fleas and ticks from bothering your dogs is by using veterinarian-approved flea and tick prevention products. Most of these products are soft chewables that you give to your dog once per month. However, you can also find flea and tick collars, shampoos, and topical treatments if your pup doesn’t like the chewables. With so many varieties on the market, it’s best to talk with your veterinarian before buying any product.
Treat all pets in the household
Many owners who own both dogs and cats only treat their dogs for fleas and ticks. This is because their cats live indoors, so they assume that their cats can’t get infected. However, every animal is susceptible to fleas and ticks, and they can spread them to other members of your household. As a result, you should treat all pets in your household, dogs and cats alike.
Locate and eradicate flea dens
Flea dens can often be found on leave piles or under porches. If your dog gets too nosy and wanders into a flea den, then they can quickly become infected. As flea and tick season approaches, search through your front and backyards to see if you have any flea dens on your property. If you do, you can eradicate them with sprays and other flea-killing products.
If you’ve eradicated the dens but your dog is still dealing with fleas or ticks, then it’s possible you have them in your home. Vacuuming (no matter what type of vacuum) is an effective way of removing and killing fleas and ticks. Once you’ve vacuumed your carpets, rugs, and furniture, don’t forget to also vacuum your dog’s items, such as their bedding and carrier.
Family Puppies wants all dogs to stay safe and healthy during flea and tick season. For more information, contact us today!