Most pet owners—and of course, pets—are happy when spring rolls around again because it means more time to play outside. But unfortunately, it also means more fleas and ticks will be outside, too. Fleas are commonly found in warm, humid conditions while ticks are commonly found in wooded areas, which is why they’re so common in the spring and summer months. These tiny critters may look harmless, but did you know they can actually cause some potentially serious diseases in pets? Fleas are linked to allergy dermatitis (skin problems) and tapeworms while ticks can cause Lyme disease (resulting in lameness) and anaplasmosis (dog tick fever).
To protect your four-legged friend from flea- and tick-borne diseases, Spruce Avenue Pet Hospital in South San Francisco recommends that you keep your pet on a year-round preventive medication. We can give you our recommendations during your pet’s next visit to our hospital. You can also protect your pet by simply being more proactive around your home and yard using the tips below.
How to Prevent Fleas
- Keep your gate or fence locked to prevent feral pets or wildlife from coming into your yard.
- Make sure your grass is cut and your shrubs are trimmed.
- Clean your home regularly to prevent flea infestations.
- Always dispose of your vacuum bags, since they can house recently vacuumed fleas.
How to Prevent Ticks
- When walking with your dog through the woods, stay on the center of the trails, farthest from the trees and bushes.
- Always check your pet’s coat for ticks after they come inside, especially if you know they might have come in contact with heavy brush areas.
- Learn how to properly a remove a tick (contact Spruce Avenue Pet Hospital if you have questions), in case you ever find one on your pet.
If you have any questions about how to protect your pet from fleas and ticks, or if you’d like to schedule an appointment, give us a call at 650-873-6880.