Spring is here, but so are bugs! Make sure your pet is protected.

After a long winter, who doesn’t delight in spring? The warm air, bird song, and blooming flowers work wonders for lifting our moods. And our furry friends are no exception. Dogs especially love spring, and the longer walks that accompany it.

But unfortunately, the warmer weather brings with it the unseen danger of fleas, ticks, and mosquitos.

Dogs and cats alike are susceptible to these parasites, many of which can transmit awful disease such as heart worm, Lyme disease, and tapeworms that can leave you with hefty veterinarian bills, and in some cases can be fatal. And just because your cat is an indoor cat doesn’t necessarily mean that she is safe from the dangers of parasites. Fleas and ticks can be tracked inside by your dog, or even you, and can latch on to your cat, causing a plethora of health problems.

Fortunately, there are many ways to prevent fleas, ticks, and mosquitos from bothering your pet. The most popular method is topical monthly medications, which you can purchase from your veterinarian. In addition, there are also flea collars, sprays, flea traps, and more. Always consult your veterinarian as to which method is best for your pet. And read and follow any and all directions when applying medication to reduce the risk of allergic reaction or accidental poisoning.

Also, be sure to keep your dog away from tall grass and overgrowth during your walks. Keeping your yard mowed and well-maintained will do wonders for lowering the tick population near your home.

In addition to protecting against fleas, ticks, and heart worm, your pets should also be up to date on all their vaccines. Many pet stores in the Southern DE area frequently vaccine clinics. Check the ‘Pets & Supplies’ section of The Guide Classifieds to find a pet clinic near you.

Stop fleas, ticks and mosquitos in their tracks this spring, so that you and your pet can make the most of the beautiful weather on Delmarva!

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