Flea & Tick Survival Guide

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Does My Dog Have Ticks?
Does My Dog Have Ticks?
How to Inspect and Remove Ticks from Your DogBy Jennifer Kvamme, DVM Some species of ticks can carry potentially fatal diseases that are transmitted when they bite your dog, and now is the time of year when some of them are most active and looking for hosts to feed from. To prevent the transmission of diseases, and to keep your dog more comfortable this summer, it's important to check your dog...
Does My Dog Have Fleas?
Does My Dog Have Fleas?
Image via Christian Buch/Shutterstock.com By Jennifer Kvamme, DVM In parts of the world where winter temperatures fall below 35°C for more than 40 hours per month, households and pets get a bit of a break from flea activity. But as the weather begins to warm in the springtime, you may be visited by some uninvited guests. Fleas become most active when temperatures are favorable (35°C with a...
How Do Common Flea Medications Work?
By Jennifer Kvamme, DVM Treating your pet for fleas, or trying to prevent flea infestations, can be confusing. This is partly because there are so many different options available and the fact that they work in various ways. Here, a basic review … Pyrethrins/PyrethroidsCertain species of the chrysanthemum flower have been used for hundreds of years as insecticides and repellants. The naturally...
How to Handle Fleas on Dogs
Image via iStock.com/dimarik When pet owners are asked what they dread most about the summer months, the topic that invariably comes up most is fleas!  These small, dark brown insects prefer temperatures of 65-80 degrees and humidity levels of 75-85 percent—so for some areas of the country, fleas on dogs are more than just a summer problem. In many areas of the southern United States, fleas...