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5 Ways to Protect Your Pets from Common Pests

The warmer months are the right time for insects to make a nuisance of themselves with our beloved pets. Even more so for our four-legged friends that just want to be outside! What tips, tricks, and hints do you need to know to guard your precious pets against fleas, mosquitoes, ticks, and any other types of vermin that can cause them grief? Take a look at our five fab tips to protect your pets from common pests.

5 Tips to Protect Pets from Pests

Early to Bed, Early to Rise

Insects such as mozzies are the most active first thing in the morning and then again in the early stages of the evening. Keeping your pets inside at those times means exposure will be at a minimum.

Keep Fido’s Fur Clean

Probably the best line of protection for your pet against dreaded insect bites and infestations is regular shampooing of fur and bathing. While you’re doing this, take care to check the delicate paws, and nails to make sure there is no trapped debris and that there are no pesky pests lurking in tufts of hidden fur. Insects are drawn to blood so if there are any cuts, nicks or wounds on your pet’s skin, they’ll be ripe for infection. Does your pooch have loose facial skin or wrinkles? These will sometimes need gentle scrubbing and a little extra attention.

Keep Off the Grass!

Ticks like to live in long grass, or wild, unkempt lawn edges. It’s these creatures that carry things like Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and ehrlichiosis. It’s sometimes impossible to keep pets on the sidewalk, nor is it always practical to keep them completely off the lawn at home. They’re naturally inquisitive and want to explore. Except you won’t be able to keep them permanently off the grass but do try and limit the time they spend there. At home, keep your lawn neatly manicured, especially near to sidewalks and patios, and near any shrubs or undergrowth, or near areas of garden furniture and bins.

Keep Your Environment Tidy

Pests won’t breed in a house that is kept clean and as tidy as possible. Regular vacuuming of carpets, floors, and upholstery is essential. As is weekly washing and airing of bedding, linens, and anything your pet calls ‘home’ (think about pet beds and inside kennels). Even unclogging your gutters and keeping pathways and driveways clear of detritus is essential. Keep your pet's water bowls clean and topped up as frequently as possible. Any other areas that contain water, such as flowerpots or birdbaths need to be emptied regularly too.

Keep a Tick Check

Summertime is perfect breeding ground for pesky fleas and ticks. They’re incredibly tiny so you have to be extra vigilant when you check as they can get underneath your pet’s fur and onto their skin. If your pet is scratching or licking a lot, or you feel that they seem much more irritated after being outdoors, give them an extra once-over.

4 STEPS FOR REMOVING PESTS FROM YOUR PETS

On finding a tick, flea or other insects on your pet, you need to remove it the right way. Here’s how:
    • 1.Take a pair of tweezers or forceps and grab hold of the insect.
    • 2.Use a slow, steady pulling action to ensure the insect comes away in one go, with nothing left attached to your pet.
    • 3.Wrap it in tissue paper or toilet roll and flush it down the toilet or throw it in the trash.
    • 4.Wash your hands thoroughly afterward.

Pro Tip: Some health departments recommend removal by soaking cotton wool in rubbing alcohol then dabbing this onto the insect. It should then be picked up using the same method as for step one and then placed into a cup of water to drown. Throw this down the trash afterward.