As the temperatures rise, your pets are going to be spending more and more time outdoors, and while they’re sure to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air, it also puts them at a higher risk for contracting fleas and getting ticks and other parasites. So how can you protect your pet from these dangers? You need to make sure your pet’s flea and tick medication is up to do for the coming spring and summer.
Flea & Tick Prevention
Although your pets are at the highest risk during the spring and summer when they spend more time outdoors, you should be administering flea and tick medication all year round. We understand that it’s easier to lose track of their prevention medication over the winter, but it’s absolutely vital that they are on flea and tick medication for the coming seasons.
At Germantown Vet, we recommend the monthly topical treatment—but it’s very important that you get the right dosage for the size and species of your pet. One of our experienced veterinarians can help you select the right medication.
Flea & Tick Prevention Tips
Although preventative treatment is the best way to keep your pet safeguarded against fleas and ticks this spring and summer, there are other things you can do to help keep those parasites at bay:
- Make sure all pets are treated – Making sure all pets in your household are on flea and tick medication (even if they don’t go outside) is very important. Untreated pets can act as a flea reservoir.
- Keeping pets indoors when possible – Pets that roam outside are at a much higher risk for contracting fleas and ticks, so limiting time outdoors will also limit exposure. Of course, we understand some pets love spending time outdoors, so we recommend thoroughly checking your pet on a regular basis if he or she spends a lot of time outside.
- Routine flea and tick inspections – Speaking of checking your cat or dog, we recommend examining your pet’s skin and fur at least once a day for any fleas, flea dirt, or ticks. You can also look for areas of excessive dandruff, dermatitis, and other skin abnormalities. If you find any signs of fleas or ticks, take action immediately—give us a call and we can help you cure your pet as soon as possible!
Get Flea & Tick Medication Today
Make sure your pet is up to date on all his or her flea and tick medication—visit Germantown Vet today! You can schedule your appointment by giving us a call at 240-252-7467240-252-7467 or contacting us online.