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The Importance of Keeping Fleas and Ticks Away From Your Dog

Adult Golden Retriever Scratching fleas
If you recently adopted a dog to live with you and your family, you will need to take steps to help your dog stay healthy. There are many important steps to take, including keeping ticks and fleas away from your new pet. Keeping ticks and fleas away from your dog is important for its health and for other reasons, and there are several things you should know about this.

Fleas and Ticks Are Harmful to the Health of Dogs

When a dog gets fleas, the dog could develop several different problems. The number one problem with fleas is the effects they have on a dog's skin. A dog with fleas will constantly scratch itself, simply because fleas cause itching.
The scratching your dog does from the fleas could lead to an infection on the dog's skin too. Skin infections can leave wounds and feel painful to dogs.
Additionally, fleas can lead to tapeworms in dogs, and this primarily happens when a dog eats fleas while licking itself. If your dog develops tapeworms, it will need help from a veterinarian.
Ticks are just as bad as fleas, if not worse. Ticks are known for carrying diseases. When a tick attaches to your dog, it will not only feed off your dog's blood, but it will also pass diseases into the dog's bloodstream. This is one of the main causes of Lyme disease in dogs. Ticks can also cause anemia in dogs as well as other health issues.

Boarding Facilities Require Vaccinations and Flea and Tick Prevention

If you are planning on taking your dog to a boarding facility or to a place that offers grooming services or pet training, the facility will ask you if you have applied tick and flea prevention on the dog. These facilities see many dogs and other pets each day, and they take measures to prevent the spreading of diseases and other problems, including fleas and ticks.
Facilities that offer grooming services may also offer services for fleas and ticks, and you can ask a facility if you call to learn more about the services they offer.

Preventing Fleas and Ticks Is Not Costly or Difficult

If you do not take steps to prevent ticks and fleas from attacking your dog, they will attack. Not only will this harm your pet, but it could also place your family at risk. If your dog has fleas or ticks and is indoors at times, the dog could bring the fleas and ticks in your house. The fleas and ticks may end up on your family members or in your carpeting.
Taking the time to prevent ticks and fleas from attacking your dog is an easy and affordable step you should take. There are many different methods available you could try, including pills, ointments, and bath products. Most products are monthly products, which means you will only need to apply it or give it to your dog once each month.
Dogs are more prone to tick and flea problems when the weather is warm, but you should take the time to provide your dog with tick and flea prevention every month all year long. Keeping your dog tick-free and flea-free is much easier and more affordable than treating a dog with fleas or ticks.
If you are interested in learning more about tick and flea prevention, or if you would like to sign your dog up for training classes of day play services, contact Eli's Friends. We are a family-owned business and offer a lot of different services for dogs and other pets. Call us today to learn more. 

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