Happy New Yea r! Today is the perfect day to make sure that your pets will stay pest-free in 2021. This may not be the cutest resolution, but it’s very important! Creepy crawlies like fleas, ticks, and parasitic worms can sideline your pet’s health in almost no time at all. Many can also transmit diseases to other pets or even people.
Taking the time to groom Fluffy and Fido on a regular basis is a great way to check them for fleas and ticks. Even if your pet has a short coat that doesn’t require much grooming, you can run a flea comb through it to check for tiny brown or black specks, which would be flea dirt. If you find anything, contact your vet right away.
Pests can easily slip in through these openings and latch on to unsuspecting pets inside. Use sealant foam to block off any small holes or cracks in your home’s siding or foundation.
Veterinarians recommend keeping your dog and cat on a year-round heartworm preventative and a flea-and-tick preventative. These simple measures should protect your furry buddy from all of the common pests that are waiting outdoors. If your beloved pet isn’t already set up with these preventatives, get in touch with your vet right away.
Pests like fleas and ticks are attracted to debris piles, dense brush, and tall, unkempt grasses. That makes sense, because these areas give them places to hide. Trim back thick shrubbery and lengthy grass on your property, so you don’t inadvertently give pests a home. This is especially important if this vegetation is touching your home itself, and/or is near a window. You might be giving outdoor pests an open invitation into your living room!
There’s really just no substitute for keeping things clean, both indoors and outside. Vacuum, dust, and disinfect regularly. Also, be sure to toss your pet’s bedding in the washing machine every now and then. Outdoors, get rid of any garbage or leftover food that could attract pests. Remove any sources of standing water—empty flowerpots, bird feeders, and old tires—that mosquitoes could use to breed.
Does your pet need pest-control medications? Want to learn more about keeping your furry best friend safe and sound? Call your local vet’s office to speak with the professionals.