5 Tips to Prepare Your Pet for Flea and Tick Season
Although everyone seems to be ready for warmer weather, most of us aren’t usually prepared for everything the warm weather can bring, including fleas and ticks. Flea and tick control is a never-ending job, but it’s an important one.
Fleas and ticks are more than just irritating. They can lead to numerous problems in pets, including itchy skin and scratching, diseases, bacterial infections, and hot spots.
Flea and tick control is key for protecting your pet’s health. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for flea and tick season!
Tip #1: Treat Your Yard
It’s important to take steps to prevent pests from invading your pet’s outdoor environment. Many pets spend a lot of time outside when the weather is nice, so treating your yard for pests is essential.
- Fleas and ticks like moist, shady, and cool areas, so it’s beneficial to mow your lawn regularly and keep your shrubs trimmed back. This will provide fewer places for pests to hide.
- It’s also helpful to keep your pet’s outdoor environment clear of tall grass, leaves, and other brush.
- Gardens can also contain pests, so it can be helpful to fence off gardens to prevent your pet from running through them.
- Wildlife often carry fleas and ticks, so you should take steps to discourage wildlife from coming onto your yard. Make sure to secure your trash cans and keep your pet’s food and water inside.
Tip #2: Treat Your Home
Treating your home is also important for flea and tick control. To keep pests out of your home, vacuum your floors and furniture often. It’s also a good idea to regularly wash your pet’s bedding and any other blankets and rugs that your pet may lay or sit on. There are numerous sprays that can be safely used to kill fleas and ticks in your home.
Tip #3: Use Preventatives
Prevention is key! There are a wide variety of different ways to prevent fleas and ticks from bothering your pet. Whichever method you choose, it’s very important to read the instructions. It’s also a good idea to consult with your veterinarian before using a new preventative.
- Spot-On Treatments: Spot-on medications are applied to your pet’s back, and they usually deter pests for up to one month. If you choose to use spot-on medications, it’s important that you read all labels carefully. Products containing permethrins should not be used on cats.
- Shampoos: Flea and tick shampoos generally have to stay on the skin for 10 minutes before being rinsed off. While these shampoos kill pests on contact, the effective ingredients don’t last as long as other methods, which means that you will have to repeat this process more often.
- Dips: This concentrated chemical needs to be diluted in water and then applied to your pet’s fur. Unlike a shampoo, a dip is not rinsed off. The chemicals in dips tend to be strong, so they are not recommended for all animals.
- Oral Medications: Oral medications work by disrupting the life cycle of fleas and killing both immature fleas and ticks. Flea and tick pills can be beneficial because they are easy to give.
- Collars: Tick and flea collars contain chemicals that get transferred onto your pet’s skin. They are most useful for protecting the neck and head.
- Powders & Sprays: These methods work by killing and repelling pests, plus they can sometimes be applied in your household and in your pet’s outdoor environment.
Tip #4: Make Sure Your Pet Is Groomed Regularly
Grooming your pet on a regular basis is also helpful. It’s easier for fleas and ticks to hide in long hair, plus shorter hair enables you to thoroughly check for fleas and ticks.
Tip #5: Try Thomas Labs Brewer’s Yeast with Garlic
Many pet owners find that Brewer’s Yeast with Garlic supplements are a safe way to help control and repel biting insects, such as fleas and ticks. Although we aren’t really sure what drives these pests away! Perhaps it’s the garlic and yeast that create an unpleasant odor. Or maybe one of the ingredients, like the yeast, gives the blood an unusual taste, which drives the pests away.
Flea and tick control may seem overwhelming and never-ending but having a solid plan and sticking with it will help!