Ticks and fleas-how to have a pest free Spring!
What is a flea’s favorite book? … The itch-hikers guide to the galaxy!
Spring is finally here and now it’s time to take our pets out to enjoy the early mornings and refreshing evenings! It comes with its challenges though; ticks and fleas, changes in your pet’s coat, increased allergies and a few other things you should look out for when it comes to your pet’s health.
Here’s a checklist to help keep your pets clean and happy:
1. Treat before you trek
When spending time outdoors with your pet’s, the chances of them picking up ticks and fleas increases. Fleas can also carry tapeworm eggs and if your pet ingests the flea they could get worms. So before you get in to the swing of spring, make sure you are up-to-date with all your pets tick, flea and deworming controls. For the best protection of your pets, it’s recommended that you use tick and flea control products all year round (not only in Spring and Summer).
Recommended products include:
- Revolution (Cat and Dog) taken every 4 weeks
- NexGard (Dog) taken every 4 weeks
- Frontline Plus (Cat and Dog) taken every 4 weeks
- Bravecto (Cat and Dog) taken every 12 weeks
- Seresto (Cat and Dog) taken every 32 weeks
A few other preventative measures you can take:
– Flea and Tick collars: The collars make contact with your pets neck and transfer the chemicals onto your dog’s fur and skin. They are an easy to use and simple alternative.
– Avoid dense tree and grass areas on walks: These areas can a breeding ground for fleas and ticks so keep to the path when walking your pet.
– Treat your Lawn: Keeping your garden trim and neat goes along way in the reducing any pesky pest population in your home. You could also have your grass sprayed with pesticides – just be sure to keep Fido off the grass for a few days after.
– Examine your pet before they come inside: If your pet was having an adventurous day and you are worried they might have strayed into a pest infested area, make sure to thoroughly check their coat when you get home.
How to remove a tick
With tick control products, you shouldn’t have to remove any ticks. They either die before attaching to your pet’s skin, or just fall off on their own. If a tick has attached, grasp it at the base of the head and pull firmly in the direction of the tick’s body. It is important to remove the head and body at once as it could cause an abscess. Be sure to check between legs, under armpits, inside and behind ears, between toes and deep in your pets fur
2. Allergy alerts
It’s not only us who suffer from itchy eyes and nose at this time of year. Grass allergies are very common in pets during spring and summer, causing itchiness and inflammation. There are really helpful products such as…, for the irritation. A quick visit to your vet will also help to rule out any other possible causes, such as Ticks and Fleas or even a food allergy.
3. Fight the Furious Furballs
As it gets hotter, your cat or dog’s coat may start to shed, this is a natural way of your pet regulating its temperature. We advise using a de-shedding brush, like any of these from the Furminator range. By removing the dead undercoat you will help your pet keep cool and pest free. This process of de-shedding is better than shaving your pet as they are able to regulate their own body temperature better and there is less exposure of their sensitive skin to the sun. Not only will you get some good bonding time in but you are also guaranteed less fur balls in your home.
Along with deshedding a good quality diet, regular brushing and using a good quality shampoo suitable for your pet’s skin will help to maintain a healthy and glossy coat.
4. Check you are up-to-date with all vaccinations
Regular visits to you local vet will help you keep up-to-date with all of your vaccinations as well as keeping your pet in tip top shape.
Keep enjoying the glorious outdoors with your faithful and enthusiastic companions.
Contact us for more information about keeping your pets healthy and happy
Have a furtastic summer
The Dogs Meow Team