Fleas and Ticks ( The best ways to protect your pet )

The spring and summer months are approaching, and unfortunately, the common cases of fleas and ticks will approach with them. Fleas and ticks are more than just an annoyance to both you and your pet, causing irritation and sometimes pain, but they can also be the cause of more serious health problems. These parasites carry and transmit serious diseases, so doing what you can to help protect your pet will lead to a much happier summer, and we are here to help you do it…

1. Flea and Tick Preventative products

Lucky for us, there a multitude of medicines and products that will help protect your pet from fleas and ticks. From sprays and shampoos, to spot-ons and treated collars, the world of treatments is at your disposal.

Although, with an abundance of options comes a requirement to know what the best option for your pet is. Different products offer different levels of protection, and some are made to treat and eradicate fleas and ticks entirely, these would be suited to deal with the issue rather than prevent it. Knowing what your pet needs will allow you to narrow down your search and pick the best product. Take this as a chance to experiment with products to find what works, if you are struggling, have a chat with your TrimPet groomer, or if your furry friend is already infested with the parasites, your vet will be able to recommend and prescribe the necessary treatments.

2. Regular grooms

Grooming is the next best and most effective way to protect your pet from fleas and ticks. Unkempt and longer hair is the perfect hiding place for fleas and ticks, making it difficult for you to spot underneath fur and tangles. So, keeping your pet regularly groomed not only directly prevents these parasites, but helps you to spot them early on so they can be dealt with as quickly as possible.

Another important point to note is that as a pet owner, you may not know exactly how or what to look for… regular grooms give your groomer a chance to spot these parasites and advise you on what to do next…

3. A tidy garden

Staying on top of your garden, rubbish and grass is another effective way to help make your garden and flea and tick safe zone for your pet. It would be near impossible to eradicate these parasites entirely, but knowing how to make your garden the least appealing place for fleas and ticks to stay will definitely help…

Like long fur, ticks love to make a home of long grass, using it as a cover to move freely. This makes it easy to keep your garden tick free; regularly trimmed grass will have the ticks finding elsewhere to settle down…

When it comes to fleas, they are on the hunt for dark areas away from sunlight, so to prevent this in your garden, ensure than any shaded areas are kept clean and swept. This means cutting the grass, tidying up leaves and sweeping the floor of mud and dirt.

As for the rubbish, it’s no surprise that fleas and ticks may be nesting within, so removing and securing your bins from the garden into a safer zone will avoid your pet going close to them and coming into contact with these parasites.

4. All year round

Although fleas and ticks seem to become a lot more present in the warmer months, that is not to say we should dismiss them entirely throughout the year. Using the methods discussed in this blog post throughout the colder months, but perhaps more regularly in the warmer months, will help to keep your pet free of ticks and fleas.

Although these methods will help you to prevent your pet coming into contact with these parasites, we can’t control where our pets go sniffing, so if your pet does contract these parasites, don’t panic! With plenty of medicines and treatments, as well as a TrimPet groomer, you will be able sort the situation quickly…

If you find your pet may be homing ticks or fleas, book an appointment with TrimPet, and your groomer will advise you on treatments and do what they can to sort this issue at hand.

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