Fleas Invading Your Home? Identification, Extermination, and Prevention Tips

Finding Fleas Inside Your HomeFleas are small, wingless insects that survive by drinking the blood of their hosts. Fleas can be found on dogs, cats, and humans as well as other animals. With heads surrounded by sharp spikes and mouths that can pierce through their host’s skin, fleas are perfectly adapted for their method of survival.

Despite their small size, fleas can cause big problems. Found on humans, fleas can cause itching, rash, illness and injury. Humans with an allergic reaction to flea bites can get rashes or may have more severe reactions.

If you have a dog or a cat, protecting your pet from fleas is important. A pet that has been infested with fleas can easily spread fleas to humans in their household. Therefore, it is important to understand how to properly identify fleas, how they can be prevented, and how you can treat and get rid of them in your home. Most of the time, you can prevent your pet from getting fleas by giving your pet medical preventatives prescribed by the veterinarian. You can also prevent your pet from getting fleas by making smart pet care choices and by preventing your pet from coming into contact with another animal that is also infested.

One thing to remember when trying to eliminate fleas from your home is that for every one flea you see, there may be 99 fleas hiding somewhere in your house. If you have a flea problem, it’s important to eliminate them.

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11 Foolproof Ways to Give Pills to Stubborn Dogs

11 Foolproof Ways to Give Dogs Pills When They Hate MedicineWhen your dog needs medicine or a dog vitamin, it can be a challenge to get them to take it. If they smell the medicine or realize you are nervous about giving it to them, your dog may refuse to take their medication. Thankfully, dogs respond well to positive reinforcement, giving us plenty of tips and tricks for giving our dog pills.

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How to Care For Your Dog After Spaying and Neutering

a gray puppy wearing a plastic cone collar and being examined by a vetSpaying or neutering is a major event in a dog’s life. As you may already know, there are several possible health benefits that come with doing so including helping to control the dog population and reducing the number of homeless pets. Currently, there are about 3.3 million dogs in shelters, and these dogs include strays, surrendered dogs, dogs rescued from animal cruely, and puppies that owners didn’t know about until it was too late and couldn’t take care of. Because of this, spaying and neutering is extremely important not only for population control but also for your dog’s health. Spaying and neutering can also prevent uterine cancer in female dogs and cancer of the testicles in male dogs. Here’s everything you need to know about spaying and neutering when you adopt a new dog

That apart, your pet will need to be properly cared for to help them make a full recovery in the shortest time. You’ll also need to watch out for signs of trouble and know when to call your vet for help.

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How to Care for a Senior Dog

two old golden retrievers sitting in front of a structure in the woodsPets are a wonderful and valued addition to families all across the country. For many, their dogs are more like family members than pets, which means they are members of the family for their entire lives. This means at some point in time, you will need to know what to do to take care of your canine companion as they reach their senior years. Older dogs have unique needs compared to puppies and younger adult dogs, so it is important to know when to start changing your routine and what your older dog will need.

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Which Essential Oils Are Toxic to Dogs?

Which Essential Oils are Toxic to Dogs?Essential oils are becoming very popular. Some people even use them for their dogs. Essential oils are often used for alternative treatments as medicine, to relieve anxiety, to relieve hip and joint pain, and to treat skin conditions. However, it’s important to exercise caution when using these on your dog to help avoid health risks when used incorrectly.

Essentials Oils That Are Toxic to Dogs

Some essential oils are toxic to dogs. They include:

  • citrus
  • peppermint
  • pine
  • ylang ylang
  • wintergreen
  • pennyroyal
  • cinnamon
  • sweet birch
  • tea tree (melaleuca)

These oils are dangerous for dogs— whether placed on the skin or ingested.

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How to Prepare & Dress Your Dog for Winter

Dog with scarf and winter background.You either understand it or you don’t: the relationship between a dog and its owner. Dogs alert us, guard us, track for us, hunt for us, and serve as companions to us. Dogs descended from wolves, but we domesticated them. Therefore, they no longer know how to care for themselves as they did in the wild. We shower dogs with love. We feed them choice dog food. We make sure they receive the finest medical care. Often, we pile them up in our own beds. Many even view their pets as family members. Regardless of whether we see our dogs as part of our families or as our precious companions, it is our responsibility to care for them and to keep them safe and happy. In the wintertime, this can be especially problematic as cold temperatures set in; however, there are some helpful tips for making sure your dog is prepared for the change in weather.

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