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When I found out that I would be traveling extensively for work, I realized that I needed to do something about my pets. I was concerned about them being home alone or staying with a neighbor since I needed to provide for them like I normally would. Unfortunately, because I would be in business meetings all day, I knew that I couldn't take them along for the ride. I decided to start searching for pet day care centers, and I was able to find a boarding business that offered top-notch care to pets. This article is all about improving your pet's experience.

Improving My Pet's Experience

How Can You Keep Your Pet Free Of Ticks And Fleas This Spring?

Rafael Hopkins

Spring is here! With the weather getting warmer every day, many pet owners are working hard to protect their pets from fleas and ticks. Knowing what you can do to prevent your pet from getting a parasite can help you enjoy the warm weather with your pet.

Control the Conditions in Your Yard

One of the best ways to help your pet avoid getting fleas and ticks is by keeping them away from your property. There are a variety of ways this can be done, including:

  • Keep your yard in good condition. Ticks live in grassy and wooded areas where they can latch on to animals. Adult ticks are generally found gripping blades of grass where they wait for animals and humans to pass. Tick larvae and nymphs hide in damp leaves and debris. You can help keep ticks out of your yard by keeping the grass cut and trim, and by edging pathways that cut through the yard. Rake up all leaves that pile up along the edges of fences and in corners.
  • Keep unwanted and uninvited animals out of your yard. Some fleas can gain access to your property by riding in on the backs of other animals. If you live in an area where animals roam free and can easily gain access to your property, consider putting up a fence or installing a decoy that can scare away animals like deer, skunks and other wild creatures.

Keep Your Pet Professionally Groomed

Professional groomers (for more info, check it out) know what to look for and are likely to spot problems like flea and tick infestations. In addition, flea and tick treatments are a standard part of pet grooming services. Getting your pet medicated treatments can help him or her avoid trouble and can get rid of infections that may arise. 

Catch Problems Early

Taking your pet to get professionally groomed more frequently in spring than in winter will help ensure that if your pet does develop a problem, it will be caught early. Talk to your pet's grooming professional to find out how often he or she recommends getting your pet groomed.

It also helps to learn to recognize the signs of fleas and ticks personally, so you can get your pet treatment right away if there's a problem. The signs of fleas include:

  • Restlessness
  • Constant scratching
  • Red marks or blood on the skin
  • Little black spots on the skin, particularly in the armpits and groin area

Signs of ticks include:

  • Ticks in your house
  • Constant scratching in one area
  • Weird scabs on your pet's body
  • Your pet is running a fever

If your pet has any of these problems, talk to an expert pet groomer who understands flea and tick problems in pets. He or she can answer your questions and help your pet get special treatment, like medicated shampoo or a brushing with a fine-tooth comb.