Fleas and ticks don’t just make your pet (and your family) uncomfortable—they can spread disease and cause real health problems for your animals. As spring approaches, no one is more excited to go outside and take a walk than your dog—which is why it’s so important to get a flea and tick prevention plan in place before the weather warms up.
Here’s how we recommend preventing fleas and ticks in McDonough, GA:
- Flea and tick collars: These collars are treated with chemicals that come into contact with your dog’s fur and spread the medication. Make sure that the collar is snug enough to stay in contact with their fur, but still loose enough that you can fit two fingers underneath it.
- Topical medications: Be sure to check the labels for the right kind of product and dosage for your pet (and if in doubt, ask your vet). Always make sure that your medication is current—never give your pet expired medications—and keep small children and other pets away from your pet after dosing them.
- Oral medications: These once-a-month pills are good for killing immature fleas and ticks and weakening the life cycle of mature ones. You don’t have to keep children and other pets away after administering this type of medication, but you should still be very careful to pick the right kind and avoid expired pills. Never use a canine flea or tick product on your cat.
- Avoid wooded areas: Ticks and fleas thrive in wooded areas, so never let your pet stray off the beaten path if it can be helped.
- Lawn treatments: Around your home, you can invest in some flea and tick lawn treatments, which will help cut down on their population, while keeping your grass, trees and bushes trimmed helps eliminate popular breeding grounds.
- Inspect your dog before letting them inside: After a walk or playtime in the grass, inspect your dog thoroughly for signs of fleas and ticks. Look at their coat, skin, ears and “armpits.” If you find a flea or tick, remove them immediately and watch your pet for signs of lethargy or limping. If they become ill, bring them to the vet immediately.
- Groom regularly: Grooming your pet is not only a way to bond with your pet, but it’s also a great way to get a better look at their coat in order to spot any parasites lurking.
With a little extra care, you and your pet are sure to enjoy the coming spring weather, parasite free.
Prevent fleas and ticks in McDonough, GA
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