Enjoying the great outdoors of summer time with your furry friend is a great way to get exercise and fresh air. Unfortunately, summer is also the height of tick and flea season. To keep your four-legged companions free from these pests, take a look at the following tips.
One of the best ways to make sure your dog is not harboring any pesky critters is to maintain regular checkups with your local veterinarian. A visit to your vet will usually include:
- Examination of the hair and skin
- Exam of the insides of the ear and mouth
- Vaccinations and preventative treatments
If your dog has already contracted fleas or ticks, your veterinarian can provide simple treatments to safely remove any ticks that have burrowed under your dog’s skin.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
While taking your dog on a mountainside hike or letting them dog paddle in the lake can beat the summertime heat, it is best to keep your dogs away from heavily wooded and grassy areas. These locations usually contain large populations of ticks just waiting for a new host.
Preventing fleas and ticks from biting your dog will keep them healthy and happy. To learn more about flea and tick prevention, call Barfield Animal Hospital at 615-217-8484.