Your furry friends are an important part of your life, which is why when the weather’s warm it’s important to take the necessary precautions to keep them healthy. This means protecting them from ticks and fleas that are eager to make themselves at home on your four-legged-friend. Here is what you need to know about ticks and fleas and what you can do to stop them from bothering your pets.
The Dangers of Fleas and Ticks
You may think that fleas and ticks are just annoying, but the truth of the matter is they go beyond annoying to dangerous for your pet’s health. Fleas can transmit parasites such as tapeworms to your pet, and make them uncomfortable with all that itching. Ticks can transmit illnesses such as Lyme disease, which poses a special danger to pets because it can lead to tick paralysis. Tick paralysis is a condition that can be fatal if the muscles in the chest that help your pet to breathe become paralyzed.
Tips to Keep Your Pets Healthy
Here are just a few tips you can easily use to help keep your pets healthy and free from ticks and fleas. You should:
- Inspect your pet after they’ve been outside. Give their coat a good brushing, particularly if you live in wooded areas or high grasses.
- Bathe your dog with a shampoo specially made for pests
- Try to pay close attention to your pet’s skin. If you notice any bite marks, red, itchy patches or they’re scratching a lot then it could mean trouble.
- Have your pet groomed if they have long This helps to reduce the chances of pests hitching a ride.
- Talk to your vet about preventative medicines that can protect your pets from pests.
- If you pets suddenly show signs of illness such as a reduction or loss of appetite or you notice they’re not as energetic as they used to be you need to get them to your vet to be checked for Lyme disease and other health issues.
- Regularly wash all the bedding, toys and food bowl your animal uses.
- Keep clutter off the floor so you can reduce your chances of an infestation. It will also make it easier to see any pests that have gotten in your home.
- Vacuum often and wash your linens frequently.
- Try to keep your lawn cut shorts in order to make them less hospitable to pests.
- If you do find a tick on your pet remove it as fast as you can, making sure to pull the head out completely.
If you have any questions about other ways in which you can prevent an infestation on your pet or in your home, or if you’re dealing with an active infestation, call the experts at GreenArmy today!