With the coming of spring – flea and tick season arrives. Both fleas and ticks can cause serious health problems for pets. Humans can also be affected as ticks on pets can transmit Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

 
Here are some tips for keeping your furry friends free from these pests this spring:
 
1. Fleas and ticks love long grass and shady outdoor spots. Keep your lawn pest-free by mowing regularly and removing tall weeds. Keep garbage covered and inaccessible.
 
2. Consult with your vet on choosing the optimal flea and tick treatment for your pet.   

3. Use the breed-appropriate treatment for your pet - never use products for dogs on cats and vice versa.

4. If one pet shows signs of flea infestation, treat all of your pets for fleas

5. Check your pet for ticks during warmer months.  If you do spot a tick, take care when removing it to avoid spreading disease.
 
If you find a tick on your pet, one thing to remember is to take your time. While it is important to remove ticks from your pet as soon as you notice them, moving too fast when removing a tick could possibly create more problems.  You will need tweezers, or a specially designed tool for safe tick removal.  If you live in a tick-prone area, it would be a good idea to buy one of the tools and have it on hand.
 
Click here for information from ASPCA on fleas, ticks, and how to remove a tick from your pet.
 

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