If only eliminating fleas and ticks from your dog was as simple as placing them in a protective bubble. Truth is, dogs need the great outdoors to blow off some steam and take care of bathroom business, so you’ll need to find other options for protecting your pet from parasites.

Flea and tick prevention for your dog:

  • Regular grooming. Not only does it help you bond with your dog, it also enables you to examine his skin and coat for signs of fleas and ticks.
  • Preventative measures. There are a variety of sprays, powders, shampoos and collars from which to choose. Select the dog flea treatment that best fits your dog’s lifestyle and size. Make sure that the product(s) you choose are made specifically for dogs and read all of the directions before beginning treatment.

Flea and tick prevention for your home and yard:

  • Treat areas where your dog sleeps. Adult fleas can lay up to 50 eggs per day. These eggs end up in carpets, beds and furniture. If you treat your dog, but not your home, you could miss more than 90 percent of the fleas in your house.
  • Wash bedding. Toss blankets, beds and cushions into the wash, and wash at the warmest temperature the fabric will withstand.
  • Spray around the perimeter of your home. Fleas and ticks live in the grasses and bushes outdoors. Spray the perimeter of your home with a yard spray to help prevent a flea reinfestation.

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