Protect Your Pets from Ticks

This year’s mild winter will produce a big tick season – one that you’ll want to protect your pets from.

The pet care pros at Canine Company say that flea and tick season will come early this year, and is likely to be intense. To make things worse, the CDC is expecting cases of Lyme disease to increase ten-fold this year.

Canine Company is offering tips for protecting your pets from this scourge:

  1. Start with a thorough brushing. You may want to do this outdoors during shedding season.  As you work, feel your pet’s body for any “bumps” that might be ticks.  Also look for small fast-moving dark specks, a sign of fleas.
  2. Give your pet a deep massaging shampoo, followed by a conditioning rinse. It’s often easier to see your pet’s skin when his coat is wet, so examine closely for both fleas and ticks.
  3. If you find a tick during the brushing or bathing process, carefully remove it with a tick remover. Save it in a container with isopropyl alcohol so your vet can test it if your pet becomes ill.  Put antiseptic on the bite spot on your pet’s skin.
  4. If you find fleas, call a professional groomer or vet right away for a flea treatment. You’ll also need to deep clean all carpets, couches and bedding your dog has used.  It may take multiple treatments for both your dog and home to get rid of all the eggs and larvae.
  5. Get into the habit of applying a flea and tick treatment like Frontline or Sentry Natural Defense monthly.  If you’ve just bathed your pet, be sure his coat is completely dry before application.

If people were going coatless at Christmas in your neck of the woods, you need to prepare for an onslaught of nasty little parasites this year. Keep your loved ones safe.

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