Keep Your Furry Friends Protected
The summer months mean your pets can spend hours romping outdoors. While the grass and shrubs are a welcome break from snow they can also harbour harmful pests that can ruin the summer for your pet. Fleas and ticks are more than just annoying – they can cause serious health problems for your furry friends.
Ticks and fleas are external parasites that can cause extreme discomfort and or serious illness to your pets and even yourself.
Fleas are insects the can transmit parasites and pets can have an allergic reaction to their bites.
Ticks are not insects, they are related to spiders and mites. The most common types in Saskatchewan are the Rocky Mountain Wood Tick and the American Dog Tick. Tick bites can be painful and irritating, but the major concern is the number of diseases a tick can transmit such as Lyme disease.
Generally you know if your pet has fleas or ticks if your dog is agitated or shows discomfort. Receptive scratching is a telltale sign of fleas. Some ticks are larger and easier to spot, especially after feeding on your pet.
Here are some tips to help protect your pet this summer:
- Treat for fleas and ticks. Contact your local veterinarian to choose the right product for you and your pet.
- Do not use old products. If you are hanging onto old flea and tick collars its time to replace them with a newer product. When products are old, and especially past their expiration date they lose their effectiveness.
- Do not use canine products for cats. What is good for your dog is not necessarily good for your cat. Some canine flea and tick products can be toxic for your pussy. Be sure to only use products for what they are intended.
- Check for ticks regularly. If you and your pet have been in tall grass or shrubs that might have ticks be sure to do a tick check once your home. Inspect your pets ears, skin and armpits for ticks. It is best to remove ticks as soon as possible. If your pet is bitten be sure to contact your veterinarian if your pet starts acting lethargic or has loss of appetite.
- Keep your yard clean. Mowing your lawn regularly will cut down on ticks as they prefer high grasses. Raking leaves and brush removes moist and shady areas for fleas to breed.
- Groom your pet often. Grooming not only gives quality time for your pet it also allows you to keep an eye out for ticks or bites.
Following these tips will help you and your pet enjoy the summer months ahead.
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