The Beginner’s Guide to Treatments

Keeping Your Dog and Its Environment Flea and Tick Free Making sure you are vigilant about your dog’s healthcare is imperative to helping them live a long and healthy life. Of course there is appropriate diet and being certain your dog gets regular walks, but what else? In order to be sure that your dog is functioning at maximum health and protected from disease and irritation, it’s imperative that you give them an appropriate flea and tick medication regularly. Pests like fleas and ticks are so small, but they are prevalent the world over. While they don’t like extreme cold, any temperature above that is an atmosphere in which fleas and ticks can thrive. Even if you have never seen a flea or a tick in your yard, they can quickly arrive via anything from birds to opossums. Fleas spread and reproduce quickly, and their eggs can be impossible to find or see. Obviously, it is essential to take charge before you have a real crisis on your hands. Flea and tick shampoos exist to kill all the ticks, fleas, larvae, and eggs on your dog if you realize that they have been itching, or if you have seen one of these pests on their skin or fur. Once the bathing is complete, administer a preventative medication. Even if your dog hasn’t had a run in with any of these pests, you should be giving them some type of monthly preventative. Whether topical or oral meds suit your dog’s preferences, there are a wide range of options to choose from. Topical treatments tend to be easiest to give, especially for picky dogs. Doses vary for different sizes of dog or type of pet, and you should be certain that the preventative you choose is the one that is right for your pet.
Finding Parallels Between Treatments and Life
If you see fleas or ticks in your home or lawn, there are steps you can take to help decrease the risk of these pests finding your dog. Carpet and lawn treatments are available in many pet stores and online, usually near where they offer their flea and tick preventative medicines. Yard sprays are typically sold in a large container and help kill and deter pests from your yard, while carpet sprays kill on contact inside. This is especially effective if you have multiple pets who have already acquired some fleas, and you want to nip the infestation in the bud from the get go.
Lessons Learned from Years with Pets
Whether you’re dealing with your first flea infestation, or you’re just concerned about fleas and ticks and how they can affect the health of your dog, it’s important to educate yourself on all the preventative measures you can take. Having a healthy pet depends on monthly flea and tick preventatives and treating your living space for fleas and ticks.