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5 Tips For A Flea-Free Four-Legged Friend

    Your dog is going to be concentrating on scratching and chewing and you are going to be concentrating on trying to get rid of the fleas before they take over your home. Any special pet treats are going to have to take a backseat for the moment.

    This year the flea problem has stepped up big time according to vets across the country. The mild winters in most states and heavy rains have given a significant boost to the flea population. For millions of dog lovers winning the battle of "man against flea" seems like it will be impossible.

    Your dog does not understand why you spend hours washing, brushing and spraying his fur instead of throwing the ball, rubbing his belly and splurging on squeaky dog toys. In order to get things back on a normal track you need to find some effective ways to win the war and get a totally flea-free dog.

    Here are 6 tips that will help you get those fleas out of your house and out of your dog's hair.

    1. Remember that there are some excellent flea products now on the market. Check with your vet and get your pet started on whichever flea treatment they recommend. These are usually topical medications that you need to apply to your dog's skin once a month. Some brands even have sprays that offer affordable treatment for fleas. They can usually be used on cats, dogs, kittens and puppies. The spray is easy to apply and one application can last 4-8 weeks, depending on the brand.

    2. Quality canine food and the best vitamins for dogs should all be part of your arsenal in the war against fleas. A healthy dog with a strong immune system makes a less inviting target for fleas and ticks. There are some vets who believe that specific supplements and vitamins can work to repel any flea infestations.

    3. Make sure to brush and comb your dog every day. This will give you some important bonding time and it is a great way to remove any fleas or flea eggs that may be present in the fur. Also, use grooming tools with small teeth that have been specially designed to assist with the removal of fleas.

    4. Use an organic shampoo with citrus extracts the next time you shampoo your pet. These products do not contain harsh chemicals and the fragrances help keep fleas at bay.

    5. When treating your dog for fleas you have to remember that you must also address the pet's bedding and play areas. If you do not eliminate all fleas and eggs you can't solve the problem.

    It may seem like a tremendously hard challenge, but some diligence will help you win the war against the fleas.  Your dog will be much happier, and so will you.  Following these 5 tips will help get you a flea-free home much sooner rather than later!

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    Mike Rictor's dog has been bitting at his fur latly. He decides to look up information on flea prevention since it is really bothering Lucky. 

Four Health Tips Pet Owners Need To Remember

 

People love their pets, and they’ll do whatever they can to make sure that they’re happy and well taken care of.  Some people prefer to own fish, while others love having a hutch full of rabbits. But, overall people in America seem to love owning cats and dogs far more than other animals. From 1970 to 2010, the number of dogs and cats in homes has increased from 67 million to 164 million.  A lot of people spend time making sure that their pets are well fed and have toys, but are less diligent when it comes to regular vet appointments and shots.  Every pet owner should make sure that their pets are in good health, but pet health should go beyond a few trips to the vet.  If you want to make sure that your pet is in the best health, remember these important pet health tips.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

In the past few years’ pets have been gaining weight along with their owners, and now obesity among pets is a considerable health issue.  Unfortunately pets can develop other health problems if they’re obese.  Keep in mind that pets don’t need nearly as many calories as humans do each day.  For example, 185-370 a day for a small, inactive dog and just 240-350 calories daily can be enough for a 10-pound cat.  Talk to your vet about the best diet for your pet, and see if they recommend any vitamin supplements.

Have your pets spayed and neutered.

Millions of pets end up in shelters across the United States each year, and that number would decrease if more owners spayed and neutered their pets.  The procedure can be performed as early as 6 to 8 weeks in age, and can be done quickly and is relatively painless for your pet.  Spaying and neutering have other benefits that go beyond pet population control.  Having your cat or dog spayed or neutered could also reduce their risk of contracting certain cancers.

Avoid Using Human Medication

Some pet owners think that a little Ibuprofen can help their pet’s aches and pains, but you should never give medication that is made for humans to your pet.  The ASPCA recognizes human medication as a major pet toxin, and even a small dose has the potential to cause kidney damage, seizures, and even cardiac arrest in a dog or cat.  Talk to your vet about proper medications and topical treatments that can be used on your pet, and keep a list in case of emergencies.

Give Flea and Tick Treatments

All pets, regardless of if they go outside or are strictly indoor pets, should always be given regular preventative flea and tick treatments.  Fleas, ticks, and other parasites can easily find their way into your home. Once they get into your home, they become much more difficult to remove. Fortunately there are many preventative treatments that have the added benefit of treating worms and other troublesome parasites.

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Sean Carter is an experienced writer who has contributed to numerous blogs covering a variety of topics such a travel, health and the latest technology and gadgets