Hi and welcome back. I am Chloe and “Summers here and the time is right for dancin in the street”!. But guess who else is having themselves a party right now? Fleas, Ticks and Mosquitoes. But you don’t have to worry about that right? After all your dog is an inside dog. …Well um not really. Your dog does go outside to do his business right? And you go outside right. And the kids. Are you getting the picture? Fleas, Ticks and Mosquitoes are everywhere. You can’t avoid them. Why is this so important you ask? Because Fleas Ticks and Mosquitoes carry disease, or cause disease directly, and not just to dogs but to humans as well. That’s right, if your dog is a flea host or a tick magnet (pun intended Lol) then you are also. Or at least your carpet is, your couch is and your bed is. Yuck! That sounds gross. But your dog doesn’t have to suffer, and neither do you. There are Flea and Tick medications available. Let me tell you a funny story that happened a few years ago to our family. One day my dad was working out in the yard and a stray cat “found” him.  So he put her on the screened porch to see if he could find her a home. Well that stray- cat brought more than just cat-class and cat-style, she brought fleas. Less than 24 hours had passed and me and Toby and Tasha and the house were infested with fleas. Now don’t get me wrong, me and Toby and Tasha had a great three days of going to the park and the pet mall and such cause we couldn’t be in the house with all the flea bombs. We had a great time, but I seem to remember mama not being to happy. Anyway, three days of baths and combings and flea bombs and then cleaning everything in the house was a little much. So as the saying goes an ounce of prevention….

Now back to the parasites. Fleas do more than just cause skin irritations. They cause serious illness. And swallowing a flea can lead to intestinal worms. Mosquitoes carry a parasite that leads to heart worms, and ticks transmit diseases as well. While it is important to feed your dog good dog food  to keep their immune systems in top shape, it is equally important to keep your dog protected from the little bugs looking to feast on their blood. There are many brands of flea and tick protection available along with heart worm preventatives. There are oral medications, topical medications, multi-dog and multi-paks. There are once a month doses and some that last for 3 months. There is a lot to choose from, but the bottom line is your dog and the rest of your family need to be protected. Trust me, you do not want to see an otherwise healthy young dog have to be put to sleep because the worms she got from a mosquito bite ate holes in her heart.

Well I guess you get the picture, inside dog or outside dog, Northern dog or Southern dog we all need to be protected against parasites and bugs. And by the way our partners happen to carry all the brands and types I mentioned. And all of them have great specials and promotions going on right now on everything you need for your dog so check them out and please order from the links on our pages so we can continue to bring you content that is helpful, informative and fun.

And remember:  They are  not just pets……… They are Family!  



A note from Mike:

Just to follow up with Jasmine (the stray-cat), we took her to the vet had her treated for fleas, worms and had her spade. When she recovered she was adopted out to a family that lives a few miles from us, she changed her name to Twinkle and by all accounts is living a happy life. She never writes….

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