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Keep Your Pets Free of Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks are not only a nuisance to your pets, they can also be downright dangerous. In addition to the irritating itching and discomfort your pet can suffer from fleas and ticks, they can also contract skin infections and diseases. To help keep your pets free of these pesky critters, take some precautionary measures.

Get Regular Checkups

Your veterinarian can check your pets for signs of fleas or ticks during annual checkups. You can also get information and instructions on which medications to use.

Do Your Own Checks

Whenever you walk with your pets in long grasses, weeds, or bushes, take some time afterwards to check your pets for fleas or ticks. You can check yourself while you’re at it.

Use the Right Meds

If you do use flea or tick medications for your pets, make sure you read the labels. You should never use cat medication on dogs or dog medication on cats. Ask your vet if you have any questions, especially if your pet is older, sick, pregnant, or otherwise vulnerable.

Groom Your Pets Regularly

Grooming your pets helps them stay neat and clean. Grooming time is also a good time to check for fleas and ticks and to look them over for any other health issues.

Treat All Your Pets

If you have more than one dog or cat and have to treat one for fleas, treat them all at the same time. Those critters get around, so you need to be thorough.

Keep Them Apart

If you have multiple pets, keep them apart after treating them with topical medications. You don’t want them attempting to groom each other while the medication is still wet.

Treat the House

It is necessary to vacuum and clean the floors and furniture in your home to rid them of fleas as well. You don’t want the pests to get right back into your pets’ fur after treating them. Steam cleaning helps to kill the critters.

Keep Your Property Clear

You can help keep your property free of fleas and ticks by cutting grasses and weeds short and removing debris like piles of leaves or other plant material. If you live near open spaces, keep your property free of things that might attract deer (and the fleas and ticks that might be along for the ride).

 

 

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