'Tis the Season for Fleas and Ticks!
Warm, spring weather means more than just tulips and daffodils. It’s flea and tick season! In addition to being uncomfortable, fleas and ticks can cause some serious health problems for our furry friends. Ticks on pets can also transmit Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever to humans. Ick!
Check out the top five tips from the ASPCA for keeping your pets itch-free this spring.
1. Fleas and ticks LOVE long grass and shady outdoor spots. Ensure a pest-free lawn by mowing regularly, removing tall weeds and making it inhospitable to common tick hosts, including rodents, by keeping garbage covered and inaccessible.
2. Talk to your vet about choosing the right, species-specific flea and tick treatment for your pet.
3. Never use products for dogs on cats, and vice versa. If you accidentally apply the wrong topical treatment to your pet, please call the ASPCA poison control hotline (888-426-4435) or your local vet immediately.
4. Treat all of your pets for fleas, not just those who show outward signs of infestation.
5. During warmer months, it’s also a good idea to check your pet for ticks. If you do spot a tick, take care when removing it to avoid spreading disease.