Flea & tick season tips from Dr. Leigh
How should we be making sure our pets are safe?
How to make sure your pet is safe
When pet owners take their dogs outside, they must keep their pets protected against ticks, fleas, & mosquitoes. I recommend using a product that both kills & repels external parasites to keep your pet safe. For your feline friends, make sure indoor cats are also being treated for fleas with a product labeled specifically for cats. Our pets are so important to us & it is so important to make sure they stay healthy too.
Lyme disease in dogs
Lyme disease in dogs
Most of the country has had a mild winter & that means ticks will be an issue now that the warmer weather is occurring. They can be found on shrubs & grass, are small, & often go unnoticed. Last year in the US, according to the Companion Animal Parasite Council, Lyme Disease was up 13%. That is why it is so important to use a product containing a repellant that also kills fleas, along with ticks & mosquitoes.
What measures should customers take?
Measures customers should take
Good preventative care is so important. Whether that means using a flea & tick preventative, ensuring your pet has been tested for heartworm & is on a heartworm preventative, or cleaning your pet’s food bowls daily. It’s also important to make sure your dog & cat are up to date on their physical exams by your family veterinarian, vaccinations, fecal evaluation, heartworm test & bloodwork.
More information on Dr. Leigh
More on Dr. Leigh
Practicing veterinarian and popular blogger, Dr. Leigh's journey with animals started in high school where she worked at a clinic both as a kennel worker and as a veterinary assistant. She has worked at a small private practice since she graduated from veterinary school and her passion for animals has always been a part of her. You can learn more about her knowledge and her life at MyVetAndMe.com.
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