Keeping Your Pets Safe from Fleas and Ticks
If you have a dog or a cat who loves to be outdoors, you will need to worry about keeping your beloved pet safe from fleas and ticks. While you should always go to your veterinarian if you need help with parasite prevention, here are some things that should help in the meantime.
Check Your Pets Daily
The easiest way to keep your pets safe from fleas and ticks is to check them every day, especially if you live near a wooded area where the parasites might thrive. Ticks won't do much harm if you catch them enough, so simply being able to brush them free of a dog's coat before they can go a long way towards preventing Lyme disease and other infections. Dogs with longer fur will be more likely to pick up ticks than other pets, and cats will be less vulnerable thanks to their grooming habits. In any case, brush your pets regularly and check their coats if they spend a lot of time outdoors.
Keep Your Yard Neat
One great method of parasite prevention is simply keeping your grass cut short and your hedges trimmed. This will eliminate many flea and tick breeding grounds and discourage wild animals from hiding out on your property. If you have a wooded area near your home that is difficult or impossible to maintain, you might want to consider putting up a fence to keep your pet confined to a safer area.
Ask Your Veterinarian about Parasite Prevention Medications
If you find that you cannot keep fleas and ticks at bay, you can always ask your veterinarian about medications and pest repellents that will protect your pets from the worst that these parasites have to offer. There are plenty of shampoos, flea collars, ointments, and other FDA-approved products that you can use on your pet that will kill fleas and ticks on contact, and there is even a Lyme disease vaccine that will keep dogs safe.
Get In Touch With Our Local Veterinarian Today
If you live in or near the Charlotte area and you are concerned about parasite prevention for your pet, you can always go to the Hickory Grove Animal Hospital for help. The Hickory Grove Animal Hospital has been serving pets and their owners in the Charlotte area since 1987, and its knowledgeable veterinarian staff will be more than happy to share the best methods of keeping fleas and ticks away from your yard and your pets. Contact them today at 704-563-5858 or visit them online for more information.