Spring has officially sprung! Unfortunately, that means it is the start of tick and flea season in many parts of the country. Not only do these pests make your canine companion super uncomfortable, but they can also pose serious health risks. For instance, ticks can transmit Lyme disease to dogs, which could be life-threatening if they do not receive medical attention.
Thankfully, there are a few ways to keep fleas and ticks at bay.
- If you happen to have a yard, please make the effort to maintain your lawn. According to VetStreet, “ticks tend to like high grasses” and “fleas prefer warm, moist, shady areas with organic debris,” such as leaf piles.
- Consider using a topical treatment, like medicated drops. Another effective solution is to have your dog wear a flea and tick repellent collar. Please contact your vet before starting your dog on any preventative treatments to get their professional opinion about what is best suited for your furry friend.
- Each time your dog goes on an adventure outside, specifically where there is high grass, thoroughly examine their fur and paws for pests. If you do happen to see a tick, remove it immediately. The AKC recommends using either “a pair of fine tweezers or a tick removal tool” to get the job done. You’ll also always want to be wearing gloves during the removal process.
- If you notice that there are fleas inside your home, thoroughly clean all of your bedding, furniture, and carpeting.
- There are also a few natural flea remedies, but again talk to your dog’s vet before you try out any of these solutions. Once you get a professional’s opinion on the matter, consider brushing through your dog’s fur with a comb that has been coated with lemon juice. You may also want to try spraying diluted Apple Cider Vinegar on your pup.
What is your go-to flea and tick solution? Let us know in the comments below!