Protecting Your Animals from Ticks and Fleas

While you and your family enjoy the beautiful outdoor weather spring and summer, make sure you remember to protect your animals from ticks and fleas. There are steps you can take to minimize their opportunities to come in contact with your pet. Raccoons, skunks, and even untreated dogs and cats can spread flea eggs in your yard. You may be able to limit their access, and one resource could be your local garden store. They may be able to advise you on what to plant or other strategies that can be used to dissuade animal trespassers. When it comes to ticks it can be very useful altering the landscape around your home and making it inhabitable for them. This can be done in very simple ways such as keeping a lawn mown, the leaves raked, and the trees and shrubs.

Tips for Preventing Ticks

There are ways to reduce the chance that a tick will transmit the disease to your pet or you:

   *   Check your pets every day for ticks, most especially after they have been outdoors.

   *   If you do find a tech, remove it immediately.

   *   Talk about using tick collars or repellents on your pets.

   *   You should be aware that cats are very sensitive to many chemicals. Do not use anything as a tick repellent on them without     talking to your veterinarian!

Getting Rid of Fleas

There are so many different options available to get rid of fleas, how can you know which is the best for your pet? Your vet is one of the greatest resources you have available when it comes to this question, Again there is this one important caution, only give cat medication to cats and dog medication to dogs. If you ever do otherwise you can potentially seriously harm your pet. Portage Park Animal Hospital and Dental Clinic at Albany Park understands the importance of keeping your pets safe from fleas and ticks in the underlying diseases and issues they can cause. For more tips on preventing ticks and fleas visit www.portagepark.com.

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