Keeping Your Dog and Its Environment Flea and Tick Free Pet ownership can be a confusing road to navigate. You are probably making sure that they are eating well and getting plenty of exercise, but are you making sure that they take the correct medications each month? In order to be sure that your dog is functioning at maximum health and protected from disease and irritation, it’s imperative that you give them an appropriate flea and tick medication regularly. Pests like fleas and ticks are so small, but they are prevalent the world over. If your area doesn’t experience much of a winter, fleas and ticks are year round offenders to the well-being of your pet. Fleas and ticks find their way into your yard and neighborhood from wild animals, including but not limited to, raccoons and squirrels. Fleas spread and reproduce quickly, and their eggs can be impossible to find or see. It is clear why a preventative medication is necessary. If your dog has already acquired fleas or a tick, it is important that you give them a bath using a shampoo specially formulated to kill the fleas and ticks on contact. Once the bathing is complete, administer a preventative medication. Monthly medication, if given before an infestation, can prevent one from ever happening. Whether topical or oral meds suit your dog’s preferences, there are a wide range of options to choose from. If you have a picky pup, topical treatments usually work best. Doses vary for different sizes of dog or type of pet, and you should be certain that the preventative you choose is the one that is right for your pet.
Finding Parallels Between Treatments and Life
As a pet owner, you also have the opportunity to treat your pet’s environment for fleas and ticks. There are a lot of medication creators that also make yard sprays and furniture or carpet sprays. By treating your lawn and carpet you can kill the infestation from where it begins, so you don’t have to continuously purchase flea and tick shampoo for your dog. This is a good route to take if your pet already has fleas or ticks.
Lessons Learned from Years with Pets
Perhaps you have an out of control flea situation already, or you simply want to keep that from ever happening, but it’s good to be armed with the right tools of the trade. By using a monthly medication, and some sprays and shampoos, you can be certain you’re doing all you can to keep you pet safe and healthy.