Adopting a pet can bring great joy to any household. While any owner focuses entirely on the happiness and wellbeing of their pets, their health can be a major concern. Pests are among the big obstacles to the wellbeing of our pets. Parasites and fleas can create discomfort and pain as well as carrying diseases that need to be prevented.
However, it would be impossible for any pet owner not to take their dogs outside and let them play on grass and leaves. Even for the pets that spend half of their time outdoors, there are a few ways to prevent them from suffering from pests. Let’s have a look at the most effective ones.
1. Check the Storage and Quality Of Your Pet’s Food
This is something that many dog owners don’t think about often. However, if you are storing your pet’s food in places likely to attract cockroaches and rodents, regular checks might help to maintain your pet’s health.
Moreover, these kinds of pets are the most likely to be carrying dangerous diseases and parasites. Carpet beetles and pantry moths are extremely attracted by food sources and they tend to dwell in it. It is highly recommended that you store your pet’s food in airtight containers or in places that are easy to check for pests.
If you already noticed signs of pests in your dog’s food, throw away immediately what is left of the packet. In the following days, do not leave the food in the bowls for a prolonged period of time and always clean up after you pet has finished eating. This will help you keep your pet healthy and pests at bay.
2. Inspect You Pet for Pests Regularly
While they are still puppies, dogs and other pets are the most likely to attract or catch pests. However, this is also the period of their life when they get checked and visit the vet the most. This means that even if your puppy has contracted fleas, there will be an almost immediate response to the problem.
In older dogs or cats, often regular check-ups are overlooked, and they tend to visit the vet less. While your adult pet is less likely to be rolling on pest infected places, you might not realize that he or she has a parasite.
Don’t forget that aside from being extremely uncomfortable for your pet to be bitten by fleas and parasites, this condition can lead to more serious diseases if not treated promptly.
While regular check-ups can represent an investment for any owner if your dog has contracted a skin or fur condition, the therapies and treatments necessary might be even more expensive.
If you know your older pet, you should be able to realize if something is wrong just by observing his attitude.
Changes in behavior like continuous scratching, sensitivity, and irritability are an obvious sign that your pet is fighting pests. In this case, speak to your vet immediately.
3. Prevent Fleas and Parasites
Bringing a new pet into the household can be a source of great joy and satisfaction within the family. However, especially if there is a child or a newborn baby around, it is incredibly important that your pet conducts a flea-free life.
Fortunately, there are ways to prevent your dog or cat from having to fight fleas and parasites. While there are various methods on the market, you will have to speak to your vet to understand which one is the best strategy for both you and your pet.
Often, the difference in treatments recommended is due to your pet breed, size, weight, and likeliness to contract deals. However, any therapy or vaccination is effective enough if you are able to ensure that you pet is up to date with the medications at all times.
The most common methods are flea spray, bedding spray, and powders. However, today you can find shampoos, collars, and applications that are not as invasive but work just as well if used regularly.
4. Check Your Bedding and Carpets
Bedding and carpet can represent a big danger if you are trying to fight or keep at bay fleas. It is not uncommon for any pet to contract fleas, but as far as they are contained within a limited area, they are easily solvable. However, if your dog decides to play around your living room and rolling on the carpet, it is most likely that the parasites will be transmitted to your furniture.
Since they lay eggs multiple times a day and spread really easily, fleas can be infesting your house in no time. If you let your dog play near the laundry or beddings, the infestation can start from your or your kids’ room. In this case, it is extremely important to check and vacuum your carpets, bedding, and sofas often and regularly.
This will help you create a safe environment for both your pets and your family. If you are in the process of treating your dog or cat as they had contracted fleas, it is extremely important to clean and treat your house as much as your pet.
5.Reduce the Exposure to Pests
All pet owners love to see their cats or dogs playing and running outdoors freely. However, parks and public outside spaces are also places where your pet will contract pests more easily.
Especially when playing in grasslands and bushes, the transmission can happen extremely quickly. These are in fact the places that are naturally the home of bugs and parasites.
While you should not be keeping your pet indoors for prolonged periods of time, it is important to understand which months can represent a danger for your pets.
Summer or warmer months are when the bugs reproduce and there is a higher quantity of fleas infesting the outside areas. During this period, owners also tend to bring their dogs outside more often. These conditions only help fleas and parasites to spread even faster from the environment to the dog and between pets.
If you decide to let your dog free within your own garden, be aware that fleas can be infesting your garden too, especially in summer. In fact, make sure to treat your grass properly before letting your pet run free between the bushes. Once both your garden and your dog are safe, the only thing to do is to produce a video of your pet running free outdoors!
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