Clancy Aussie Doodles

We are a Family Breeder of Multi-Generation Authentic Australian Labradoodles

Spring Had Sprung

on March 21, 2012

Spring has sprung! Officially Spring started yesterday, but to me it feels like a lie. Do you want to know why? Well, it is because I live in Jackson Hole, WY, and when I look outside my window I can distinctly see at least 2 feet of snow on the ground. Plus, when that snow finally decides to melt my entire yard will become mud; and what does mud mean? Mud means that I will be desperately trying to keep the dogs out of it; because who really wants to wash their muddy dogs every day?

Anyway back to the point-Warmer weather means plenty of outdoor time for you and your pooch. And while it’s fun to play outside, a simple game of fetch could have serious health consequences if your pup is not adequately protected from fleas and ticks.

Fleas and ticks are more than just a pesky nuisance. In addition to transmitting disease, (Bubonic Plaque, anyone?) fleas are also the top allergen that affects dogs each year, leading to painful itching, scratching and secondary skin infections. Ticks carry a variety of serious illnesses, including Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. And a shorter, warmer winter in many parts of the country means that ticks are back with a vengeance this spring.

Many pet owners are worried about harmful side effects from medicated flea and tick prevention. Pouring toxic chemicals onto your pets skin is not exactly eco-friendly (or healthy for your pooch). If you’d prefer not to use sprays, pills or injections, a combination of vigilance and natural treatments can still be effective preventives.

Follow these tips to keep your pets flea-free and active all spring and summer long!

1. Check your pet. Keep fleas and ticks from entering your home by regularly checking your dog. Have your pooch stand over a white towel and run a fine toothcomb through your pup’s fur. If any fleas are present, they’ll fall right off and appear as black specs on the towel. Ticks will continue to cling to your pup’s fur, however, so you’ll need to remove any with sterilized tweezers.

2. Repel fleas and ticks with essential oils. Mother Nature’s essential oils like citronella, tea tree and wintergreen are a gentle, non-toxic way to repel unwelcome critters. After a bath, add a drop of lavender, lemon, peppermint or citronella to your pup’s skin right behind the neck. Lavender, as well as lemon and geranium, is also an effective tick repellant.

3. Make your own herbal flea powder. Combine equal parts powdered eucalyptus, rosemary, lavender, fennel, yellow dock and pennyroyal into a salt shaker. Run your hand backwards through your pup’s fur, sparingly shaking on the powder. Don’t miss the neck or belly! Let your pooch run outside afterwards so any unwanted critters fall off in the yard and not in your home.

4. Choose low-toxic sprays. Sprays and powders containing pyrethrins or natural pyrethrum are the least toxic repellant to use on pets. Read labels carefully!

5. Vacuum, bathe, repeat. When it comes to battling bugs, it’s all about vigilance! Regularly vacuuming carpets and rugs, bathing your pooch, and washing linens is the best way to keep fleas and ticks out of your home. Before you vacuum, sprinkle baking soda on the carpets to help soak up any unpleasant doggy odors.

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