Fleas and ticks, which are insect parasites that feed on blood, can harm your dog. These pests can spread disease and cause heartworm, which can be deadly in the long term. However, there are several ways to protect your dog, both outdoors and in your home.
Keep Your Dog Clean
Brush your dog at least once a week and inspect its coat for the presence of fleas or ticks. If your dog has a long or double coat, be especially vigilant about inspecting it. Wash your dog with a preventive shampoo that repels and kills fleas and ticks.
Maintain Your Yard
Fleas and ticks are quite hardy and can survive in a variety of environments. Your yard can make a suitable home for them if you are not careful, so clean up and maintain your outdoor perimeter, which may include:
- Removing dead leaves
- Keeping grass short
- Pruning shrubs and flower bushes
Keeping your yard clean means keeping bloodsucking bugs at bay.
Reduce Contact with Unfamiliar Animals
Stray cats, dogs and wildlife can carry fleas and ticks, which they might transfer to your dog during a meeting or confrontation. Install chain link fencing around your home to keep stray pets and wild animals out of your yard and away from your dog.
Fleas and ticks can seriously harm your pet’s health if they go unchecked. For more information on how to protect your dog from these pests, call Riverfront Animal Hospital at 517-487-3646.