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The good news is that the warm weather is coming… but the drawback is that the bug season is also coming. Ticks and fleas can certainly make your Boxer sick and can result in infestations at your residence. Are you prepared?

Fleas

Regardless of how cautious you might be in the care of your Boxer, fleas can always turn out to be an issue. Your Boxer may bring fleas right into the house simply by playing in the yard or going on daily walks.
Their bites may cause itchy, red bumps that result in excessive scratching. Fleas may also lead to conditions like anemia and flea allergy dermatitis.

These tiny creatures multiply with an exceptional speed, which means that once your Boxer brings them home, they will be all over the place… in the carpeting and furniture. That’s why flea baths don’t work entirely, because the moment you finish giving your Boxer his bath, the fleas will return to him as he walks through the home.

Ticks

Pets that spend plenty of time outside the house, particularly in wooded areas or tall grasses, are more prone to ticks. Nevertheless, other animals may bring ticks straight into yards, makes it possible for pets to pick them up without actually leaving your premises.

Blacklegged deer ticks, which are most widespread in the Northeastern U. S. can easily transmit Lyme disease to some pets. In dogs, symptoms of Lyme disease may include fever, decreased appetite, swollen, painful joints, lameness or limping, lethargy and swollen lymph nodes. In severe situations, pets with Lyme disease may develop kidney disease.

So, what should you do?

Here’s what you need to do to control pests on your dog:

  1. Keep your dog pest-free
  2. Keep your home pest-free
  3. Keep your yard pest-free

Keep Your Dog Pest-Free

Here are some steps you should follow to guarantee you have a pest-free dog:

  1. After walks or playtime outdoors, examine your dog extensively. Be particularly aware if your dog has been in wooded areas or high grasses, where pests prosper.
  2. Bathe your dog frequently, employing a shampoo that can eliminate pests.
  3. Prevent infestation by using a topical or collar continuously during your area’s flea and tick season. (Don’t know when’s your flea and tick season? Check out the US prevalence map)
  4. Look for skin irritations on your dog, like bite marks or red, itchy skin.
  5. Check with a veterinarian to figure out if a preventative medicine is advised for your dog.
  6. If you observe an alteration in your animal’s behavior, like lack of appetite or decrease in energy, take them to your vet ASAP. This might be a indication of Lyme disease or other
  7. health issue caused by pests.
  8. If you find a tick on your pet, remove it right away, being very careful to remove the head and mouth-parts entirely.
  9. If you find fleas or ticks, treat your dog with a shampoo or spray to destroy pests.

Keep Your Home Pest-Free

Regarding your home, do the following:

  1. Wash your pet’s bedding, crate, toys, food bowls and sleeping areas regularly.
  2. Also vacuum all the areas of your home your dog has access.
  3. Vacuum the carpet, area rugs, bare floors, upholstered furniture and pillows.
  4. Keep your home clean and clutter-free to discourage pest infestations and make it easy to spot any pests that do find their way indoors.
  5. If you suspect your home is infested with ticks or fleas treat this problem with a carpet powder to prevent re-infestation. However, the best option (but more expensive… ) is to contact a licensed pest professional.

Keep Your Yard Pest-Free

Finally you should also guarantee that your yard is pest-free by doing the following:

  1. Keep your grass mowed, weeds pulled, and bushes trimmed to prevent breeding grounds for pests.
  2. Clear away debris as it accumulates.
  3. Do regular inspections of your property for places where pests are apt to hide and multiply.
  4. If you suspect your yard is infested with ticks or fleas use a yard spray to prevent re-infestation.

If you have had any experience dealing with fleas and ticks feel free to share it by leaving a comment!

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