At Patti’s Dachshund Farm, we love our pups. That’s why we take their health very seriously. Here are some of our favorite tips for dog care and preventing fleas, ticks and heartworm:
- These pests spread fast, so it’s important to take preventative action.
- Keep flea-spreading wildlife like opossums, raccoons and deer out of your yard. Put up a fence, and talk to your local nursery about plants that could deter unwanted visitors.
- Regularly treat your dog with a flea control product, like a topical oil, spray, collar or shampoo.
- If you spot even one flea on your pup, act fast to stop the spread. Treat the dog with a flea control product that kills eggs and live fleas.
- Dogs are particularly susceptible to tick-borne diseases, so pay close attention for signs of bites.
- Check your pooch for ticks daily, especially when she’s been playing outdoors.
- If you find a tick, remove it immediately.
- Remember that signs of tick-borne disease may not appear for up to 21 days. If you suspect that your dog has been bitten, watch him closely for signs of change in appetite and behavior.
- Dogs are natural hosts for heartworms, which can cause damage to the lungs, arteries and heart.
- Heartworms are spread by mosquitoes, so if there are any mosquitoes at all in your area your dog needs heartworm prevention.
- Contact your vet to get your dog a prescription for heartworm preventives, which need to be administered year-round—not just in the warmer months.