Why are fleas and ticks such a problem?
- Extreme discomfort causes excessive itching or scratching
- If left untreated, bites may lead to health problems and illnesses such as typhus and Lyme disease
What can I do to prevent flea and tick bites in the first place?
- Simply avoid areas where fleas and ticks are likely to lurk – such as heavily wooded areas and high grass
- Administer flea and tick control products onto your pet – contact your local veterinarian for specific products that target the fleas and ticks
- Mow your grass and cut your bushes back – fleas and ticks are not immune from your lawn, keep your grass short to minimize the chances of infestation
- Complete “tick checks” daily – a few fleas or ticks on your pet isn’t a major problem but can become a major problem once an infestation occurs. This preventative measure is very easy and doesn’t take much time out of your day.
These are just few steps to prevent reactive approach that will cost much more money and time in long-term. If you must take a reactive approach, be sure to check your pet often as fleas and ticks can be very difficult to completely remove once they have established themselves. By taking these few steps, you can enjoy outside time with your pet without having to worry about you and your pet’s health.