Ticks and fleas are notorious external parasites that can cause damage to your pet. More so, during ticks and fleas season. Ticks love the warmth found around your pet’s coat and multiply in numbers if not eradicated. In short, it is their haven.
Additionally, these parasites cause diseases on your pet and other animals found on your farm. For example, fleas can cause a severe allergic reaction on your pet and other animals if left unattended. These parasites can attack your family members and start causing diseases. However, you can stop this spread from happening, by using these five tips to prevent ticks and fleas on your pets and around your yard.
How should I know my pet has a tick and flea infestation?
∙ Your pet may repetitively scratch itself now and then if infested by fleas.
∙ The skin may look dry and flaked
∙ Physically examining your pet- take a look on areas like the shoulder blades, under the ears and tail
∙ Tips to prevent ticks and fleas
- Use Vet Approved Tick and Flea Products
These pest products come either in the form of oral tablets, topical washes and shampoos. However, your vet can be in a better place to advise you the best dosage form you can use. Point to note,
always read the labels carefully since some products are best suited for cats and not dogs and vice versa.
- Keep the Grass Short
Keep that grass short, an important tip to prevent ticks and fleas.
Ticks love long grasses where they can wait and prey on your unsuspecting pet as they play out.
To ensure no ticks or fleas around your lawn, mow the grass as short as possible.
- Examine your pet now and then
Responsible pet owners always perform regular check ups on their pets now and then. You can practice a routine checkup after a long walk with your dog around the forest or long grasses where such parasites may be hiding. Doing a regular check up on your pet will help you spot ticks and fleas before they become a disaster.
If possible, and depending on its breed, you can also shave your pet fur short for easier spotting, especially during summer.
- Keep Other Pest and Small Wildlife Away From Your Home
Coyotes, raccoons and rats are good carries of ticks and fleas. So, always ensure such wildlife stay away from your yard as they help in the transmission of pests. To add on, these animals may transmit zoonotic diseases to you and your pets. Hoping it does not get here.
- Keep Your Pet Indoors
Do not let you pet roam freely around the bushes for an extended length of time as many pests lurk there waiting to prey on your pet. However, do not lock up your pet for long as they may acquire separation anxiety. If need so, always do a routine checkup before they get inside the kennel for easier spotting of fleas and ticks
Prevention is better than cure. You can stop a disaster from happening by following these tips to prevent ticks and fleas.