Minnesota dog owners may need greater flea and tick control this summer

Minnesota dog owners may need greater flea and tick control this summer

Minnesota residents will need to take extra precautions to keep their dogs safe from ticks this summer. The state's health department recently warned citizens of the Land of 1,000 Lakes to be extra vigilant this year. Flea and tick control options include collars, drops and sprays that can kill any parasites before they can latch on to your dog.

The Pioneer Press reported that heavy snowfall actually helped tick populations in the state survive and flourish, leading to larger numbers of these pests lurking in the grass. The amount of reported cases of Lyme disease in humans reached a high of 1,431 in the state last year, indicating that the tick population may be swelling in this region, according to local news network WDAY News.

Ticks can present lots of problems for dogs, as these tiny insects may carry illnesses such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever that can be passed on to your pooch if she's bitten. According to the Pioneer Press, the period between mid-May and mid-July will likely be the worst in terms of exposure, as this is when ticks are smaller and harder to spot on your dog.

You can take proactive steps to protect your pooch with flea and tick treatment options, such as Hartz® UltraGuard Pro® Flea and Tick Drops for Dogs and Puppies.

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