The Ultimate Pet Guide for Flea & Tick Prevention

Tick and flea are a very common problem of dogs and owners besides other concerns. Especially that it is summer, ticks and fleas are more to attack your dogs because it is their season. When you notice some ticks and fleas, it is important to calm down and avoid panicking. As much as it is important to get rid of them because they pose health problems to your dogs, you also need to be proactive when it comes to dealing with these problems.  

Preventing is always better than cure. This is why Ann Arbor pet services and proper, regular grooming is very important as this will improve the overall health of the dog as well as thoroughly clean their coat. A dog that smells bad and untidy is more likely to be infested with ticks and fleas. You also need to be more observant because infestation can also be manifested through actions and behaviors of your dogs.  

The most important thing you need to do is to be knowledgeable. This entails that you need to interview and discuss things with your veterinarian. While it is okay to diagnose your own pet, there are still risks when you do it alone. Professional help and advice will be very helpful. Here are the things you can do to avoid ticks and fleas: 

  • When they spend time outside, check your dog for ticks daily 
  • Research or ask your veterinarian about the specific preventative measures that are good for the kind of dog you have. 
  • If you find some ticks, properly remove it as soon as possible  
  • Take measures to reduce tick habitats in your house and yards.  

Also, it is important to take note that cats are more sensitive to chemicals that you put than the dogs so it is better if you call your vet if you find some ticks on your dog and you have cats in the house especially when there is a constant interaction between your dog and cat.  

Check the areas for ticks: under the collar, around the eyelids, in and around the ears, between the toes, under the front legs, around the tail, between the back legs.  

As mentioned, when it is sunny, your dog becomes more susceptible to ticks and fleas. However, this does not mean they only need protection when it is summer; they need protection all year round. Also, avoid using expired flea products or anything that you think effective to remove ticks and fleas without your vet’s professional advice.  

Also, using a dog’s tick and flea prevention products on your cat is very harmful as they have different skin type and susceptibility to chemicals. Your cat might feel more discomfort and begin to scratch themselves more often which leads to wounds.  

Lastly, again, we cannot stress this enough, you need to prevent ticks and fleas by going regularly to your vet for professional grooming as well as a check-up. It is different when you have an expert’s advice on things you do not know. Grooming is very important to avoid these problems. Make sure you do it often as possible.