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Flea and Tick Season is Here – Be Prepared to Help Your Pets

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As temperatures surge, people will want to walk their pets longer and more often.

This combined with the increased number of fleas and ticks is bad news for dogs.

Flea season is beginning and it will reach its peak in late summer and early fall.

So why are fleas and ticks such a problem for pets?

Extreme discomfort causes excessive itching or scratching

If left untreated, bites may lead to health problems and illnesses such as typhus and Lyme disease

So what can you do to prevent flea and tick bites in the first place?

Simply avoid areas where fleas and ticks are likely to lurk – such as heavily wooded areas and high grass

Administer flea and tick control products onto your pet – contact your local veterinarian for specific products that target the fleas and ticks

Mow your grass and cut your bushes back – fleas and ticks are not immune from your lawn, keep your grass short to minimize the chances of infestation

Complete “tick checks” daily – a few fleas or ticks on your pet isn’t a major problem but can become a major problem once an infestation occurs.

This preventative measure is very easy and doesn’t take much time out of your day.

Taking a preventive rather than reactive approach can amount to reduced stress and less money out of your pocket in the long-term.

If you must take a reactive approach, be sure to check your pet often as fleas and ticks can be very difficult to completely remove once they have established themselves.

By taking these few steps, you can enjoy outside time with your pet without having to worry about you and your pet’s health.

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