How to Prepare for Flea & Tick Season
If you have a pet then flea and tick season can be a disaster. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to get ready for the season for flea & tick prevention. A visit with our veterinarian at Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital in Fredericksburg is a good first step. There isn’t a flea and tick pet vaccination so you’ll want to make sure you have the right preparation techniques.
Get Prepared at Home
If you live in a rural area with a lot of tall grass then make sure it’s trimmed back. Ticks and fleas thrive in long grasses and can easily move around from place to place. Since wild animals can be carriers, remove any objects that can attract them, such as open trash cans. Be sure to avoid heavily wooded areas when you are walking your pet.
You should be using preventative medications year-round but if you aren’t then be sure to pick up some from your vet before flea and tick season. These medications can help you prevent an infestation. Oral medications may work better since they won’t be accidentally washed off. They are given once a month and are easy to administer. Speak with your veterinarian about the best option for your pet.
Give the Dog a Bath
An infestation isn’t because of a dirty dog but bathing your dog can keep pests at bay. A poorly maintained coat that is dirty can attract more ticks and fleas. Having a clean pet will make it easier to spot these pests.
Visit Our Local Veterinary Clinic
If you are unsure of how to prepare for flea and tick season, be sure to give our vet a call. We can give you relevant information and find the best preventative treatment. If your pet does end up with fleas or ticks, you should contact our veterinary clinic to receive proper removal techniques and to test to see if any diseases may have been transmitted. Call Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital in Fredericksburg today at (540) 441-0302 to schedule an appointment.