5. Lack of Proper Flea and Tick Control
If your pet is not currently on some type of flea and tick preventative, or if you sometimes forget or choose not to provide them with their regular dosage year-round, you may be unwittingly increasing the risk your dog or cat becomes infested with fleas or ticks. “Fleas and ticks are canny creatures, and they have ways of making it into your home and onto your pets, even with preventions in place,” says Dr. Kvamme. “All it takes is a few fleas or ticks before you have a full-scale infestation of your yard, your pet, or your home.”
Dr. Kvamme recommends visiting your veterinarian for advice on the best preventive medications and the safest way to use them. There are many options to choose from, including topical and oral flea and tick preventatives. Your veterinarian will be able to show you the proper way to apply these medications and recommend the right dose for your pet’s age and weight.