The weather has finally warmed up and spring has officially arrived. Daffodils and tulips and forsythia are in full bloom.
There is a problem that arrives along with the comfortable weather, however. Bugs and creepy crawlers enjoy the warming weather as much as flowers and trees. Without wasting any time, the fleas and ticks set up their evil tasks and join the flying brigade of mosquitoes to torment dogs and cats.
These creepy insects can wreak havoc on the pet population and humans must be vigilant not only for themselves but also for their pets.These minute-sized tormentors can cause serious health problems besides causing instant misery.
Fleas can carry a host of maladies as can mosquitoes. Ticks transmit Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Fighting these small-but-mighty annoying creepies is not only important but, considering the prevalence of the harm they do, is imperative.
The ASPCA recommends five simple preventions and cautions. Follow these carefully and your pets should remain safe.
1. Mow grass regularly. Concentrate especially on shaded spots and keep them mowed and free of standing water. Get rid of fast-growing weeds. Cover garbage cans tightly and prevent access by creepies. Fleas and ticks seek out shady spots, tall grass and lush weeds. They launch their worst attacks from the loftier grassy and weedy spots.
2. Ask the veterinarian for the best recommendation to treat pets with species-specific flea and tick treatments. Apply the medicine exactly as prescribed. Carefully discard the used packaging. Do not skip or stop the medicine and administer as recommended.
3. Treat each pet with flea and tick prevention even if there are no signs of infestation. Continue treatment as recommended.
4. Dog products should be used on dogs; cat products should be exclusive to cats. Never switch between the species.
5. Check pets daily for ticks. Remove any tick immediately. Never permit a tick to remain on the pet for any length of time. Disinfect the area after removing the tick.
Dispose of any tick properly. Any found tick or even an engorged tick should be drowned in rubbing alcohol or burned or completely smashed. They are tough and do not drown if thrown into water or the toilet. Never just remove and throw away. Be certain the tick is dead!
If you have accidentally used incorrect product on your pet, immediately call the Poison Control Hotline at 888-426-4435. Time is always of the essence when dealing with poisons!
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