With winter coming to a close and spring fast approaching, it is important you take the necessary steps to protect your dog from the usual nasties, especially ticks and fleas. The reason you need to start thinking about this now is because ticks and fleas are most prominent when the weather gets warmer. Saying that, even the winters are relatively mild these days.
Of course, this has probably made your life a little bit more enjoyable because you’ve been able to enjoy the great outdoors with your pooch and not get caught in an icy blast, or rainstorm or gale. But the great outdoors is also where nasties live and breed, and the warmer weather has meant the tick and flea seasons last longer than ever. That’s why we have compiled some advice to help you understand how to best protect your four-legged best friend.
About These Nasties
Ticks have an incredible knack of surviving the winter months by seeking out microclimates and, once they are through the worst of it, they are ready to breed so that they are ready to lay thousands and thousands of eggs in time for a spring hatch. Fleas are equally impressive when it comes to surviving the winters, and have a tendency to survive even the harshest winters by clinging onto animals with thick warm fur, getting everything they need in the way of nutrition by sucking the blood of their host. Gross.
Of course, it is nigh on impossible to absolutely protect your dogs from these blood-suckers. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bother trying because there are certain measures you can take to drastically reduce your pet’s chances of being bitten. So let’s start with Ticks.
The first step you should take is improving your dog's immediate environment by making it less friendly to ticks. What we mean is, you should keep your garden in great shape. Cut your grass, trim the shrubs, cut back the trees and clear up any mess around your property.
Fleas lay their eggs on wild animals, so if you can reduce the access into your garden and home then you will be reducing the chance of any flea infestations creeping into your dog’s life. This could be with fencing, walls or even thick shrubs known to deter wild animals from trespassing.
When it comes to treating ticks or fleas, consistency is the key. Realistically, you should be treating your dog to a healthy dose of tick and flea products once a month. Regular treatment will act as a permanent layer of protection, so it is well worth ten minutes to go through the procedure, especially given it can take months to deal with an infestation. As such, you should head down to your local vet and ask them what the best flea treatment is, before finding out what other steps you can take to ensure your beloved dog is protected during the warm months. As a recommendation, we suggest you start your monthly application of a tick and flea product now and maintain this process through the spring, summer and autumn months.