How to Make Your Dogs and Puppies Free from Ticks and Fleas

It is estimated that 70% of the household in America has furry pets like cats and dogs. With this large number, it is not rare to see people complaining about their pets having parasite problems like ticks and fleas.

Ticks and fleas are blood sucking insects that love to live and breed under your pet’s fur. These insects like to live in areas which are difficult to scratch like behind the ears, around the neck and the back side of your dogs and puppies. They can cause great discomfort and can even cause serious diseases to your pets. If ingested, they can even transmit parasitic worms like tapeworm.

Most pets encounter fleas and tick during the warm months of May to September. Your pets can get these parasites by running around outdoors or by playing with infected pets. Fleas and ticks reproduce rapidly; a flea can lay 50 eggs a day while a tick can produce 100 eggs, thus addressing this problem should be taken seriously.

The best way to keep your dogs and puppies flea and tick free is to keep them clean at all times. It is best to groom them twice a week especially during warm months. It is also important to keep their shelter and bedding clean and disinfect them with detergent and insect repellant. Sweep, mop and vacuum your house especially carpets, rugs and curtains to get rid of these insects and their eggs.

Fleas and ticks are usually found in grassy or wooded areas. During spring and summer, keep your lawn clean and trim the grass and plants around your house. You should also check your pets every time they go out and play outdoors. Do not allow your pets to play with stray dogs.
When infected, it is best to consult your vet immediately. Using pet products like flea powder or insect repellant shampoo will also help prevent flea and tick infestation.

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