With Spring on its way, fleas and ticks will also be in full season soon. While the winter weather keeps fleas and ticks at bay, the warmer weather provides a ripe breeding ground for these pests.
Here are 3 Tips to Help Prevent Fleas and Avoid Ticks this Spring:
1. Keep Your Pet Groomed. One of the best ways to keep fleas and ticks away is to have your pet properly bathed. We offer a package that includes a flea and tick bath with flea and tick application.
2. Address Fleas and Shedding at the Same Time. After walks or periods of time in the yard, comb your pet with a flea comb. Not only will this help you find and remove fleas and ticks, but it will also address excess shedding that is common to pets in the Spring. Once the weather gets better, animals usually shed their winter coat. If you are having us groom your pet, we include a de-shedding treatment at no additional cost. For pets with long fur, you can also ask us to use the FURminator shedding tool to remove even more of the dead fur.
3. Check Your Yard. If you have a yard, make sure your trees, bushes, flowers and grass are all trimmed and cut back. Fleas love to gather in places that are out of direct sunlight and are slightly more humid. Ticks prefer tall grasses and branches. Keeping your yard neat and trimmed back will help in both cases.
Consult your veterinarian if you are looking for additional suggestions to keep fleas and ticks away from your pets. If you want to do a little research ahead of your visit to the vet, Doctors Foster and Smith offer comparison charts for a variety of topicals, collars, sprays and oral treatments.