Animal owners around the world must be equipped with the knowledge & tools to defend their furry friends from primary health threats.
These are paramount not only for our pets’ long-term health but also for our human family members.
First, let’s not be complacent.
Just because your pets live with you in a city apartment or house doesn’t mean they are immune to developing fleas & ticks.
A walk in the great outdoors, a stroll through an urban recreation area, or contact with another animal is all these pests need to take over your pet’s furry body.
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Small precautions you take regularly can create a healthy living space over your pet’s lifetime.
There’s no doubt that smaller breeds of dogs (and cats) are more likely to develop ticks & fleas.
Stay alert for some of ‘the signs’ after returning from your exercise or activity with your pet.
Also, remember to keep your home as clean as possible at all times.
Inattention could cost you dearly in the short and the long run.
First, let’s stick to the fundamentals: wash & vacuum your pet’s living area regularly.
That’s the most basic definition of cleaning.
Vacuuming every day, steam washing carpets at least once a week, and keeping your pet indoors are excellent ideas.
After all, precaution is better than cure. It certainly saves you time, money, and a lot of anxiety.
Although the market is brimming with fancy products such as shampoos, sprays, collars, etc., a flea comb is still the safest tried and tested method.
Remember, soap-water is all you need to kill the fleas.
How can I make the outdoors safer?
You should also consider clearing off any tall grasses or brush around your home.
These are the perfect breeding environment for pests.
Place wood chips near play areas and equipment to discourage tick migration.
Remove all trash regularly and create a safe zone where ticks & fleas cannot flourish.
Should I experiment with products?
Self-medication is never a good idea for yourself or your pet.
Therefore, if you notice ticks and/or fleas, schedule an appointment with the vet at the earliest possible time.
This is especially true for sick, older, weaker, or pregnant pets that might not be able to withstand the side effects of your experimental creativity.
Over-the-counter flea & tick products can sometimes result in severe skin irritation and other serious problems when overused or misused.
Once again, ask the vet (who is qualified to deal with these problems) for the most suitable medication and/or product for your pet.
This might be a lifesaver in the end.