Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes carry viruses that can seriously harm your four-legged friend. They also carry diseases that lead to various skin conditions and health issues. Thus, it is prudent to protect your pets from these parasites. Thankfully, it is also very easy, and Bridewell Hilltop Inc. offers dog Grooming in San Rafael to help. As your partners in fighting parasites, we suggest the following tips to prevent fleas, ticks, and heartworms.
While your dog’s veterinarian will regularly screen and test for infestations and diseases at their clinic, as a pet owner there are a few things you can do as well to ensure your pet is flea and tick-free.
Heartworm Prevention: Heartworm is a rather common deadly disease that is transmitted to dogs via mosquitos. A single bite from a mosquito carrying the heartworm is all it takes to fatally kill your pet by causing heart failure. This microscopic menace, however, is not indestructible! The disease can be easily prevented by administering a monthly oral medication to your dog. This oral medication not only prevents your dog from contracting heartworm disease but also helps treat roundworms and hookworm infections.
Flea & Tick Control: Fleas and ticks can be a real nuisance to both you as well as your pets as they can transmit diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, plague, and ehrlichiosis. Thankfully flea and tick preventives are quite affordable and effective at keeping these parasites at bay. Your vet will tailor the flea and tick prevention based upon your housing, travel, and dog’s health.
Parasite Prevention Plan
Bathe your pet regularly: It is important that you bathe your dog and brush his coat frequently to remove ticks, flea eggs, and larvae you cannot see. Doing so also gives you more chances to inspect your dog’s coat for bites, bugs, and other skin problems.
Keep your home clean: Ticks and fleas live and reproduce where your pets sleep, live, eat, and play. This means it is important to keep your home clean, so that it is inhospitable to parasites. This in turn will reduce your pet’s risk of infestation dramatically.
Give Parasite Control: The most effective way to protect your dog all year long is to give him parasite preventives. This is a simple habit that shields your best buddy from contracting dangerous ailments and diseases.
It is also important that you take your dog for regular check-ups with the vet. It is highly recommended to perform yearly wellness screens to aid in early detection of diseases but also to screen for fleas, ticks, and heartworms. For quality dog grooming in San Rafael, rely on one name – Bridewell Hilltop Inc. Contact us today at 415-897-5471 for a range of pet services that include boarding, grooming, and dog walking programs.