In our area, there's no stopping them; ticks are always around, and often in large numbers. Tick prevention is important for your dog all year, but even more so once the temperature starts to rise. Add in a warm winter like we had, and this could be a record breaking year for ticks. There's no need to shy away from spending time enjoying the outdoors with your dog. A few simple habits can keep him pest free.
Treat Your Dog
Consult with your veterinarian to discover the best method of treatment for your dog's breed, activity level, and lifestyle. Choose from monthly topical, oral, or even all-natural methods to help fight the battle against fleas, ticks, and other parasites.
Sometimes simple prevention is the key. A regular bath with dog shampoo and warm water is a great defense against any critter clinging to your pet's coat. When your dog is wet, give her a nice massage, and you'll be able to find any ticks that may have attached far easier than when she is dry. Take advantage of self-serve bathing areas, or schedule a bath with your dog's next day of daycare!
What dog doesn't love an afternoon spent sunbathing on the lawn during the summer? Make sure your lawn is safe for lounging by cleaning up piles of wood and debris, where ticks may be lurking.
Cut down any tall grass or weeds while you're at it. High grass that brushes against your dog's entire body means more chances for the ticks to grab hold. Taller grass also creates a breeding ground for many types of ticks, insects, and pests.
A pest free dog is a happy dog!
Laura Cruz is the Community Ambassador for Dogtopia company stores, with 10 years of experience in the animal service industry. Dogtopia strives to provide the highest quality dog dacyare and boarding in the United States.