Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Stay Flea Free this Season

Warmer weather is approaching and so are fleas, ticks and mosquitoes! Here are a few things you can do to keep the bugs away from your dog.                                          

  • Start to use flea and tick protection sooner than later, or even year round. There are many different flea control products such as topical products, sprays, powders and shampoos. The monthly topical application seems to be most popular. Be sure to apply the product correctly in order to obtain its full effect on your dog. 
  • Check your dog for fleas and ticks regularly. You can do this while he is laying down or when you are petting him. Simply part his fur and take a good look at the base of the ears,armpits, around the collar and backside.What exactly are you looking for? A flea is dark and about the size of a sesame seed.You may also find smaller specks that look like dirt and are the size of poppy seeds. Place this small piece of dirt on a wet paper towel and if it turns red, it is flea feces.
  • Trim weeds and keep your lawn maintained so fleas will not want to camp out in your yard. Spraying the lawn, trees and bushes with yard sprays made to keep fleas and ticks away will also help keep your pooch flea free.
  • Fleas love carpet! If you have carpeting in the house vacuum at least once a week during these warmer months to prevent fleas from breeding in your house. I also recommend washing your dogs bedding at least every other week in the warmer months. 

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