Spring is in the air. This means that you and your retriever may be spending more time in the great outdoors. It's a great time to be outside, but it also means that you and your retriever are getting the exercise you both desperately need. However, along with that exercise, your retriever may be picking up unwanted friends. He may be getting fleas and ticks. This is why it is essential to start protecting him now.
In most areas of the country, the winter months were warmer than usual. This may have been nice. However, this will mean that we will be bothered with more pests, including fleas and ticks. The ground didn’t become cold enough to freeze these bugs as much as usual. This is another reason why pet owners need to start thinking about fleas and ticks, earlier than usual. Vets fear that this may be a bad season for them.
What are your choices? You can bathe your pet regularly. Since most retrievers love water this is usually an easy task. Talk to your vet about the best shampoos to use. Remember if your retriever is a young pup, you should steer clear from any flea products for now, even shampoos. However, you can bathe him in normal shampoos. This will drown any fleas that are on him. You may just have to bathe him more frequently.
What else can you do? You can talk to your vet about some flea preventative care. There are many products on the market that will help kill any fleas that land on your pet. These include monthly topical medications. Talk to your vet about which one may be the best for your dog.
Finally, you can treat your house and yard. Yes, the humans in the household can carry fleas into the home on their shoes and legs. Once inside the house, these fleas will eventually work their way to your dog. For this reason, it is a must to treat your home. The best way to do this is through special sprays. You can talk to your vet about the best products to use.
These preventative measures can keep your loving retriever pest free, itch free and keep him from catching diseases from those nasty fleas and ticks all year long. Plus, as a pet owner, you need to realize that these fleas and ticks do have the potential of making your retriever really sick and even the potential of causing diseases that can kill him.