Fleas and ticks returning as weather warms up

With warmer weather come fleas and ticks.

While spring seems like a distant dream for many regions of the U.S., the weather is surely starting to warm up, which means pet owners will need to start proactively thinking about flea and tick control. Both ticks and fleas can survive on hosts when temperatures are consistently in the 30s, according to Texas news station NewsChannel 10. As you put away your dog's snow booties and prepare for long walks in warmer weather, you'll also need to take precautions to keep your canine companion safe and flea- and tick-free.

Preventative action to ward off fleas and ticks
Now that you know fleas and ticks are starting to be more common, you can take steps to protect your dog before these tiny terrors find their way to your pet's skin. Flea collars, flea sprays, drops and other topical products can ward off fleas and ticks while you're outside with your pet, and there are other products like the Hartz UltraGuard Plus Flea & Tick Carpet Powder, which can be used around the home for added protection. The carpet powder kills fleas and ticks for up to 30 days, but it continues to ward off eggs and larvae for as much as a year.

Check your pets for signs of bugs in their fur
It's a good idea to regularly check your furry friend for fleas and ticks, as you may actually be able to see fleas running around on your pet's skin. The American Kennel Club stated that fleas are roughly the same size as sesame seeds, and they tend to congregate around the ears and rump. Ticks are about the same size, but they can be harder to spot since they don't move around once they latch on. You can use a fine-tooth comb to part your dog's fur and check for the tiny black bugs. 

Signs your dog might have fleas or ticks
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that with ticks, symptoms off illnesses may not show up for seven to 21 days after your dog is bitten, so it's important to pay attention to your pet's health. Ticks can carry a number of diseases, like Lyme disease, tick paralysis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. While fleas also carry diseases, the signs that your pet may have fleas are more immediate, as your dog is likely to scratch himself more frequently and even become nervous or agitated. If your pet shows any signs of illness, the AKC recommended bringing him to the veterinarian to address your concerns.

This content is provided by the flea treatment experts at Hartz. We offer flea sprays, shampoos and drops to keep your pets safe inside and outside your home.