After months of being kept in the house due to the cold, winter weather, the arrival of green grass, blooming flowers, and the warm shining sun is the ideal climate for us and our pets. Finally, we can resume our afternoon walks and weeknights spent running around the park. But as the warm weather starts to peak through the frigid cold, it is time to start thinking about flea and tick prevention. Don’t wait until the spring season to discuss flea & tick prevention options with your veterinarian! Begin a regiment now to save you future stress and extra costs come summertime.
1. The best and most obvious choice is to apply flea/tick preventative once every month throughout the year. Monthly flea and tick prevention options come in the form of chewable tablets or topical treatments, which are very easy to give your pet monthly. If you are not currently giving your dog or cat flea/tick medicine, call our veterinary hospital today to begin a treatment plan.
2. Keep bushes, trees, and lawns well-manicured as these are prime breeding spots for flea and ticks. If you’re on a walk, be sure to keep your dog away from areas with overgrown grass. Inspect your pet of fleas and ticks after each walk.
3. If you’re an avid gardener, simply fence off the garden areas to limit your dog’s access. Even when using an insecticide, gardens are still a high breeding area for fleas and ticks.
4. Fleas and ticks are also very attracted to bird feeders and bird baths. Place these on the far side of your property where your dog does not frequent.
There are many over-the-counter flea and tick treatment options available, from collars to pills and chewables. While these treatments may work fine, it is best to consult with a professional veterinary hospital before buying and starting any medications, as some products used incorrectly can be toxic to your pet. Our veterinarians will prescribe treatments and preventative medicines with your pet’s breed, weight, age and unique medical history all in mind. If you have multiple pets in the house, it is highly
recommended to bring all animals in for a thorough exam and set them all up on a treatment plan. For more information on treatment and prevention, call Ambassador Veterinary Hospital in Union City, NJ to schedule a flea and tick medicine consultation today.
It is a common misconception that flea & tick prevention isn’t necessary during the colder months. Fleas can survive and breed in temperatures as low as 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Flea and tick prevention is necessary all year long, but especially in the warmer months. Call 201-863-4072 or e-mail UnionCityAVH@gmail.com for more information about preparing your dog and cat for flea and tick season.