It is obviously hot, hot, hot these days and everybody is trying to beat the heat. But for our four-legged friends, it is also the worst time for fleas and ticks. It can become difficult trying to control these creatures especially, if your pets like to be outside (like mine do). Personally, I have six, adorable, yet spoiled dogs. Needless to say, I have had my share of problems when controlling fleas and ticks, but I want to share just a couple of tricks that have worked for me.
Sprinkling the Yard
Summer time is when fleas and ticks thrive the most due to the warm weather and humidity. They multiply faster and lay more eggs than normal. Unfortunately, that beautiful yard that we work so hard to keep up has now become a breeding ground for these creatures. To slow down this problem , sprinkling some Ortho Max Insect Killer for Lawn in your yard. I apply it each summer because living in the country can be challenging when trying to keep fleas and ticks under control. Considering fleas are tracked in from the outside, it will help you before the furry friend enters the home.
Wash in Dawn
Living in the country, all of my dogs enjoy exploring, but they always seem to come back muddy! That's why I use Dawn to keep them clean and flea free! There are numerous dog shampoos that guarantee to protect your pets, however, I believe Dawn is the most powerful. Dawn is a safe, yet powerful degreaseing agent that will strip the odor and oils from the protective coating of most insects' bodies. Plus, it's a great price!
Frontline is a wonderful treatment. I have used it on both my two larger dogs, Buddy and Jane (they weight about 60 pds. each), and it has worked well. You apply it once a month and it kills the life cycle of both fleas and ticks. You can use it on younger pets, but be careful because this medicine uses weight to determine the correct amount of dosage. Read the label before applying.
Does Not Work: Flea Collars
I cannot tell you how many flea and tick collars I have been through. Whether it was generic or name brand, it was the least effect technique. It may have worked for others, but, personally, I saw no improvement after putting it on my pets. However, if you have had success with it, then continue with the product.
Side Note: When checking for ticks, make sure you check mainly behind the ears.
These days, pets are no longer just outside animals, they have become much more than that. They are now your workout buddy, going on family vacations, productive work dog, a loyal companion, members of the family and most importantly a best friend. Let's do our part and take care of them, as much as they take care of us.