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Pet Care – How To Get Rid Of Ticks And Fleas

A pet with ticks and fleas is a sorry sight. It can’t do anything without having to scratch every few seconds. There’s also the nibbling, the licking, and the overall discomfort felt by the animal. So, if you have a dog or cat riddled with fleas and ticks, you probably won’t like to have this creature inside your home. But even if you keep your pet outdoors, it’s very likely for the tiny pests that are infesting your animal to also migrate inside your house. Fleas and ticks might prefer your furry friend, but these creatures can also bite humans if given the opportunity. Therefore, it’s important to keep your companion animal flea- and tick-free so that you’ll be able to enjoy its company. Plus, you won’t have to worry about having pesky bugs overrunning your home and biting you and your kids.

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Getting Rid of Ticks and Fleas

1. Keep Your Animal Healthy

The best action is prevention. One way to protect your pet from these tiny bugs is to keep it fit and to ensure that it has a shiny coat and healthy skin. Fleas, in particular, prefer to live on an animal with unhealthy, flaking or wounded skin. To keep your pet in good condition, feed your animal fresh food and give it vitamins, such as vitamin-B complex.

2.Bathe and Comb Your Pet Regularly

Bathing your pet using medicated pet soap can greatly help in getting rid of most of the fleas that are living on your animal. Afterwards, dry your animal and comb its hair using a fine comb so as to get rid of the remaining insects. Your animal friend will thank you for this because bathing and combing will give it instant relief from the itchiness.

3. Keep Your Pet’s Living Area (and Your Home) Clean

Regular cleaning helps a lot in keeping away pests. Vacuum your carpets, furniture, and other areas where your pet likes to sit, sleep or stay. After vacuuming, seal the bag before throwing it away because eggs can still hatch and the bugs could crawl out. If your animal regularly rides in your car, be sure to vacuum your vehicle as well. In addition, cushions, linen and bedding that are used by your pet should be regularly washed using hot water and dried using the highest temperature setting that your dryer can produce. The heat will kill most of the pests.

4. Employ Year-Round Flea and Tick Control

A lot of people mistakenly think that fleas and ticks only come out during summer. Well, a lot of pesky critters really proliferate once the weather gets warmer, and this includes fleas and ticks. However, this doesn’t mean that just because you don’t see them on your pet or around your house during colder months, they’re no longer there. They could just be inactive. Therefore, it is more prudent to practice year-round pest control.

PETA suggests the use of Precor, which is insect growth regulator. This means that an insect that comes into contact with the chemical will no longer be able to reach maturity, and a juvenile will not be able to reproduce. Precor is applied onto surfaces, like floors and rugs, every four months. Never put the substance directly on your animal. You should also ask your veterinarian about what sort of products he can recommend. There are certain pet products that you can use once a month that will help in deterring a flea and tick infestation or a re-infestation.

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Claire Lassiter is a full-time freelancer who specializes in pest control. She also writes about pest control companies, like Rove Pest Control, and she hopes that her articles will help those who are having pest problems.

Taking Care Of An Adult Dog

My dog being boredWhether you recently adopted a senior dog or you’ve had him or her since it was a puppy, keeping your dog happy and healthy for as long as possible is the ultimate goal.

Here are five simple tips for taking care of an adult dog:

Annual exams

Between the ages one and seven, your dog will probably only need to visit the veterinarian once. Cancer, diabetes and organ deterioration are all heath problems that can occur in older dogs. For this reason, it’s important to have an annual exam.During the exam, the vet will likely administer a routine check-up, administer vaccine boosters and check your dog’s dental health. A complete blood screening and urinalysis are also important to keep your senior pet health.

Exercise, exercise, exercise

Increased sleeping is not uncommon with adult dogs. However, their bodies are built for running and outdoor exercise. Like humans, exercise keeps muscles toned and minds clear. And nothing will keep a dog healthier longer than getting a sufficient amount of exercise. Whether it’s walking or playing Frisbee, you will find that exercise will keep your dog active and ultimately be better behaved.

Healthy diet

One of the most important decisions you can make, in regards to the daily care of your dog, is the food you will feed it. While you’re budget may not allow for expensive, all-organic kibble, always avoid low-cost foods. Feeding your dog the appropriate amount of nutritious food and in the right quantity is also important to maintaining good health. If your dog is gaining weight, speak with your vet about the appropriate quantity. Weight gain can lead to heart disease. Serving your dog healthy food will also give him or her a healthy coat, which can help reduce shedding.

Brush their teeth

Maintaining good dental health is not only important to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, but also for your dog’s general health. Certain gum infections can spread to the sinus cavities, kidneys or even the heart. While deep cleaning is the veterinarian’s responsibility, you are responsible for the day-to-day cleaning. At the pet store you can find toothpaste and toothbrushes made especially for dogs. Feeding your dog hard food will also help keep his or her teeth and gums in good condition.

Flea and tick medication

Preventing fleas and ticks from infesting your pet is easier and less expensive than treating a flea or tick problem. Consult with your vet on the best topical solutions for your dog based on the environment and the season. Also, keep an eye out for ear mites and signs that worms are in your dog’s digestive tract. If you think your dog may be infested, contact your vet immediately.

The best thing you can do for your dog is to continue to love and care for your old dog just as you did when it was young. They may be easy to forget as they tend to sleep through the day, but much like us their minds are still young. Make a effort to keep your companion engaged in life, interacting with the family and world around them, and loving life every step of the way!

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Jessica McNeal is a freelance writer and animal lover. Jessica recently purchased new dog tags from Ketchum Mfg. for her two beloved golden retrievers. Now her dogs are safe and accounted for.

5 Easy Ways To Keep Your Indoor Cat Happy

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When cats are kept indoors they live for a lot longer, so I can understand why you don’t want to let your angel outdoors. That doesn’t mean to say they have the same quality of life as a cat who is allowed to roam free. Do you think a cat is going to have more fun looking out of the window at birds flying around, or will they have more fun chasing them? How can you make your cat extremely happy if you choose to keep them in the house 100% of the time?

Happiness is the most important thing in the world and if your cat enjoys their life you will feel a lot better. They will also be a much better pet and they won’t cause as much trouble. What are you doing at the moment to bring some excitement into their life? You might be doing some wonderful things already, but let’s look at some other things you can do. Try each one of these and see if your cat enjoys any of them.

Teach them to do tricks

If you want to keep your cat amused you can teach them to do tricks. Can they shake your hand? Not only will you amuse yourself and your cat, but it will mean you get to spend quality time playing with them. If you’re out all day and they are all alone they might get a little bored. By teaching them tricks you are dedicating 100% of your time to them.

Give them prey toys

If your cat can’t get outside it won’t be able to hunt unless you hide the food. It won’t be able to chase anything and isn’t that what cats enjoy? Just because it’s not allowed to go outside doesn’t mean you can’t try and satisfy its natural instinct to run after things. Just make sure you buy some prey toys and it will be content chasing them around the living room.

Do they need a friend?

Have you ever thought about buying another cat? When you only have one they can get really lonely and that won’t happen if they have a friend to play with. Having two cats isn’t much different to having one, so it’s not like it will be too much work for you. Don’t run out and get a new one straight away, but it’s always something to think about.

Climb and perch

Cats need to climb up things and perch on the top of them. Instead of letting them jump all over your furniture you can try to build them a unit. If you’re not good with wood you can ask someone to help you out. The reason I say you should build your own cat stand is because you can make it as big as you want and it will work out a lot cheaper than getting one from the store.

A little freedom

If you let your cat outside there is a good chance it will get into trouble. Some cats don’t come back and some come back with scratches. If you build a run in the garden it means your cat can still go outside but they won’t be able to escape. They will be safe from predators, but they still get to bask outside in the sun when the weather is hot.

What will they like the most?

You know your cat better than anyone else. Do you think they will love any of these suggestions? What one do you think they will like the most? Try them out and you might find yourself with a much happier cat.


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Jim Downer is a retired veterinarian. In his free time he blogs about pet related topics. He recently wrote an article about how to prepare nutritious cat food at home.

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