Flea and tick prevention is important for our feline and canine friends year-round, but especially so once the mercury begins to rise. No need to shy away from going on that hike or letting your dog enjoy your large backyard. A few simple habits can help keep your pet pest free.
Treat the Pet First
Flea collars, monthly topical and oral treatments and even all-natural methods are very popular in the battle against fleas and ticks. Each one offers pros and cons depending on your personal preference. All-natural supplements added to your pet’s food is seen as a healthier method by many and it avoids the oiliness of the topical treatments. But others argue the latter is far more effective.
Consult your veterinarian regarding the best method for your dog’s breed, activity level and lifestyle.
Doggie Spa Days
Often the best prevention is the simplest. A regular bath with dog shampoo and warm water is a great first-line of defense against fleas and ticks. After the bath, run a flea comb through your dog’s fur to look for jumping fleas or hiding ticks. If your dog does pick-up some of these pests, the earlier you catch it, the better!
Take advantage of the many self-serve dog washes in the area to make bathing and brush-outs a snap! Most offer frequent washer packages to save a bit on each trip.
Old Town Doggie Wash in Alexandria
PetMAC LaundroMutt on FL Ave in DC
The Muddy Mutt in Arlington, VA (just outside Shirlington Dog Park!)
What dog doesn’t enjoy sunbathing on their lawn in the Spring? Ensure that yard is a safe place for them by cleaning up piles of wood or junk that may have accumulated there. These can be hiding places for rodents, which may carry fleas.
Cut down any tall grass or weeds as well. Fleas and ticks can transport onto your pet from the high grass, as it puts them right at their body level. It can also act as a hiding place for unwanted animals that your curious pet may encounter.
Follow these easy steps and you’ll be many steps ahead of those pests… and a pest-free pet is a HAPPY pet!