2017-05-20 / Community Life

Welcome to tick/flea season

Spring and summer is prime time for ticks and fleas. These insects are not only a nuisance, they can be hazardous to your pet (and to you) because they transmit disease, including Lyme disease in the case of ticks.

Indoor pets are not immune. Outside, fleas and ticks can live virtually anywhere. Inside your home, they can live in carpeting, bedding, and any other soft materials or in places like the cracks in hardwood floors.

Once inside your home, these pests are very hard to get rid of. It requires treating that space a minimum of two times because the adults that you are killing will have laid eggs that will need to be eliminated after they hatch.

Your pets also must be protected. Steps include thoroughly combing your pets with a flea comb, vacuuming frequently, keeping up with lawn maintenance and washing pet bedding frequently.

Pets should also be protected with some kind of flea and tick prevention medication. Basic options include shampoos, powders, collars, and spot treatments (with varieties available over the counter and from a veterinarian).

An internet search will provide you with an array of products, including those that are natural, and you can often find reviews from other pet owners who have used the product.

Another source of information is, of course, your veterinarian. Whatever option you choose, do some research and be sure you are aware of the potential hazards and side effects.

Also, be sure to use the product as intended and read and follow the manufacturer’s directions for use.

‘Til next time, take care of those you love . . . even those with fur, feathers, fins or scales.

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