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Ensure Only Sun and Fun for Your Pets this Summer

Cleveland has been getting a lot of rain recently. While it’s good for my lawn (when it’s not a swamp), the recent humid weather is also ideal for fleas, mosquitoes, ticks, and other creepy, crawly bugs. My dog Fagin has already had two ticks we have had to remove from him, — just from being in the backyard!

The Other Boys of Summer (Fleas, Ticks, Heartworms, & Intestinal Parasites)

Fleas, mosquitoes and ticks are all bloodsucking parasites, which can also pass along some nasty diseases to your pets (and even to you)! Intestinal parasites like roundworms & hookworms can cause all sorts of problems to your 4-legged, family member. Once a pet is infested with fleas, it can take you up to 3 months to get rid of them from your home. Mosquitoes can infect your dog or cat (even indoor only pets) with heartworms, a potentially fatal disease. And area ticks are infecting pets (and people) with Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, and Anaplasmosis.

So what can you do?

Here are five simple suggestions for protecting your four-legged family members this summer (and all year-round) from the Other Boys of Summer.

  1. After a trip outdoors check your pet over, especially looking for ticks and fleas. Investing in a flea comb to help you spot fleas (and flea dirt) before they start infesting your pet
  2. Clean up the mess outside and keep your pet away from other animals’ poop.
  3. Get pet tested every 6 months for intestinal parasites and, annually, for heartworm/tick diseases.
  4. If your dog goes outdoors in Northeast Ohio (or even worse PA), get your 4-legged family member the Lyme vaccination.
  5. Protect your pet from fleas, heartworms, and other parasites using a broad-spectrum preventative like Revolution. Your pet needs to be protected all year round from the parasites

P.S. Watch our Youtube video about the Other Boys of Summer.

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