How to Keep Your Pet Parasite-Free

How to Keep Your Pet Parasite-Free

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5 Tips to Safeguard Your Furry Friend from Tick & Flea
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Protect your pet from ticks and fleas this summer. Learn outdoor maintenance tips, use flea-care products, and consult a vet for personalized solutions.
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By Team Dr.Tail
Woman checking for flea & tick in her pet after going out
Woman checking for flea & tick in her pet after going out
 
Where's your happy place? Maybe it's right underneath that cozy blanket. Or perhaps it's next to the kitchen stove awash with delicious smells and all kinds of aromatic goodness.
Wherever it may be, there's only one correct answer for pets: nature. If you're a pet parent, you know how much your furry friend loves to be outside.
The problem is that it's hard to shake off the thought that your pet might be getting swarmed with ticks and fleas every second it rolls in grass and dirt. That uneasy feeling only looms larger come summertime when the weather gets hot and humid.
 

Here’s what you can do

Ideally, your furry friend doesn't get into contact with ticks and fleas in the first place. But that's hardly something you can control.
Here's what you can do to make sure your entire house doesn't get infested by the tiny little parasites your pet brings back after a day out.
  1. Outdoor maintenance. Mow your lawn and trim down shrubs. Spray your yard with nontoxic flea treatment for further prevention.
  1. Flea-care products. Flea shampoos and combs make up for a lethal duo for removing fleas and ticks stuck to your pet's fur coat. Pay special attention to the neck and tail area.
  1. Vacuum thoroughly. Vacuum everything you see, paying particular attention to spots where your pet spend lots of time. Try to use a different storage bag every time you vacuum.
  1. Wash with hot, soapy water. This might come as a no-brainer. But hot water and soap can do wonders. Wash rugs, bedding, bath mats, blankets, and cushions.
  1. Call an exterminator. In cases where none of the efforts outlined above seems to work, this is the last resort you can turn to.
 

Talk to a vet

Though it may seem like vets won't be much of a help in this particular area, that couldn't be farther from the truth. You'll need to pick the brain of an expert to track down the best products and get personalized preventative measures to keep your furry friend clean and pristine.
Of course, the sooner, the better. So, without further ado, go talk to a vet.
Get a consultation from a qualified vet now.