When the snow begins to melt and the temperatures start to rise, we know spring is here and summer is just around the corner. While this is an amazing feeling, especially in places where the winters are long and cold, for pet owners, it also means the threat of fleas and ticks are back. Most pet owners (like myself) will do anything to protect their beloved pet. Taking the proper precautions to prevent a flea or tick infestation is important not only for the pet’s health, but ours too! Fleas and ticks can enter our home and wreck havoc, causing an infestation that could last weeks, even months! Therefore it’s important to know how to protect our pets, ourselves and our homes. Here’s a list of some informative flea and tick preventative tips…
1. Use Flea and Tick Prevention Products
Nowadays, there are tons of flea and tick products available on the market, either preventative or treatment. They come in various different forms from a natural spray made with natural oils, to topical ointment, pills, collars, and shampoos. Talk to your veterinarian to find out which product is right for your pet, says American Kennel Club.
Before using a product, make sure it’s not old and expired. If you’re someone who only uses these preventative products during the warmer months, always check to make sure they aren’t old. Expired products will lose their effectiveness. Vet Street also recommends checking with your vet on a regular basis to see what new products are available to ensure you’re pet is getting the best possible treatment.
Another important step is to read the label! Never apply flea medication made for cats to dogs and vice versa. It should say on the label who and what it’s intended for.