The saying “dogs are man's best friend” is one that has been stated over and over again for hundreds of years. Dogs are beloved members of families throughout the world. The amount of comfort and joy that humans are given from their dogs is truly incredible. Part of being a dog owner is keeping your dog healthy and strong. One area that many dog owners do not feel confident in is tick and flea care and prevention. Today A-Tex Pest Management is going to give you some tips for you can keep your dog safe from ticks and fleas.
What are Fleas & Ticks?
Let’s start by talking about what ticks and fleas are. Wikipedia describes ticks as “external parasites, living by feeding on the blood of mammals, birds, and sometimes reptiles and amphibians.” Fleas are described on Wikipedia as “2,500 species of small flightless insects that survive as external parasites of mammals and birds. Fleas live by consuming blood from their hosts.” For images of what fleas and ticks look like simply perform a search online and you will find some excellent images.
Why Do Ticks & Fleas Plague Dogs?
Unfortunately, your dog’s heavy panting and warm body attract fleas. Similarly, ticks are attracted by warmth and motion. When your dog passes by the tick climbs aboard to enjoy a tasty blood meal. Why are ticks and fleas an issue for dogs? When ticks and fleas find their way onto your beloved pet they can wreak all sorts of havoc. Once ticks and fleas get on your pet they feed on your pet’s blood. This can cause them to have a variety of different health problems. They may develop anemia, suffer from paralysis, get Lyme disease, and more. In addition to this ticks and fleas cause your dog to become excessively itchy. Frequently dogs scratch themselves so much that they begin bleeding.
When to Do when Dog Has Fleas or Ticks?
If your dog does get ticks and fleas on them you will want to make sure that you take them to the veterinarian right away. Your veterinarian will help you know how to best treat your dog to get rid of the ticks or fleas. You will want to carefully follow the instructions given to you by your doctor. Following the directions will help you get the ticks and fleas off your dog so that they can stay healthy and strong.
How to Get Rid of Ticks or Fleas in Your House & on Your Property
In addition to taking care of your dog, you will also need to get rid of the ticks and fleas on your property so that your dog does not get them again. You will want to give A-Tex Pest Management a call. We will send one of our expert technicians out to help you rid your property of ticks and fleas. We have years of experience in this area and are confident that we can help you keep your beloved dog safe and healthy.
Tick & Flea Inspections, Control, Removal & More in Round Rock, Leander, Pflugerville, Cedar Park & Austin, Texas
While A-Tex Pest Management takes care of the ticks and fleas you can also be taking some steps that are extremely helpful. Your best ally against ticks and fleas is cleanliness. You will want to regularly bathe your dog. You will also want to make sure that your house is nice and clean. This will help ensure that your dog will stay tick and flea free as much as possible. Contact us to treat all of the unwanted pests in your home today!