Summertime weather is warmer and often wetter. With it come a host of pesky problems for your dog or cat. In particular, you want to guard against fleas, ticks and mosquitos. It's an important part of pet care in Youngstown, Hermitage, Sharon and the surrounding region.
Fleas are a familiar problem, and there are a number of over-the-counter and holistic remedies you can use to keep them at bay. It doesn’t take much for fleas to infest your pet, and when they do they bring everything from minor annoyance to major misery—particularly if they set up shop in your home. If you haven’t already, treat your pet for fleas before it’s too late.
The news has been full of stories about ticks and the dangers they pose. As one official said, it’s not a matter of if they will appear, but when. And they can pose a major threat to people as well as pets. Your best option to prevent tick and flea problems is to consult with your veterinarian. If that’s not possible, keep your pet clean. Wash your dog frequently and, as you do, check their skin for any signs of ticks. If you encounter one, it’s not only important to remove it properly (click here for suggestions), but you may want to consider an exterminator to make sure it’s not a more serious problem in your home.
Mosquitos, of course, carry with them the threat of heartworm. If you haven’t had your pet treated for heartworm, you should do so immediately. This applies to cats, too—especially if they spend a lot of time outdoors. (Heartworm can cause serious lung disease in our feline friends.) Your veterinarian or a reputable local pet store can help you with treatment.
Fall will be here soon enough, but, until it is, take steps to take care of your pet so that they can stay happy and healthy during the dog (and cat) days of summer.
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