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The Hazards of Fleas, Ticks, and Other Pests: How to Protect Your Pet

Fleas, ticks, and other pests can pose a serious threat to your pet’s health. These parasites can cause a range of health problems, from skin irritation and allergies to more serious conditions like Lyme disease and heartworm.

Fortunately, there are a number of easy steps you can take to protect your pet from these hazards. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

1. Use flea and tick prevention products. These products can be purchased from your veterinarian to help keep your pet protected against these pests. Some popular options include topical treatments, collars, and oral medications.

2. Keep your yard tidy. Pests tend to thrive in areas that are overgrown and poorly maintained. By keeping your yard tidy and free of debris, you can reduce the likelihood of pests taking up residence in your outdoor space.

3. Check your pet regularly. Regularly inspecting your pet for signs of fleas, ticks, and other pests can help you catch any problems early on. Look for itching, biting, and scratching behavior, as well as any visible signs of pests.

4. Keep your home clean. Pests can also thrive inside your home, so it’s important to keep things tidy and clean. Wash your pet’s bedding regularly, vacuum carpets and floors often, and keep clutter to a minimum.

By taking these steps, you can help keep your pet protected from the hazards of fleas, ticks, and other pests. If you have concerns about your pet’s health, it’s always a good idea to consult with your veterinarian for personalized advice and guidance.

by Dr. Hubbard


Hawthorne Animal Hospital, a small animal hospital and veterinary clinic, serves St. Louis Metro East area, including the communities of Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Maryville, Troy, Alton, Granite City, Collinsville, Highland, Wood River, Roxana, Bethalto, Godfrey, Worden, and Hamel.

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