At-home grooming tips that can keep fleas and ticks at bay.
At-home grooming tips that can keep fleas and ticks at bay
July 19, 2012
As a dog owner, you may have heard that this year's flea season is one of the worst in recent memory, and that is certainly the case! In the wake of mild winter temperatures, a wet spring and sweltering summer temperatures, these conditions have created the ideal environment for these parasites to thrive. While using the full spectrum of Hartz flea and tick products is a great step in the right direction, grooming is just as important to keep these pests at bay. However, heading off to your groomer regularly can begin to get expensive, so consider the following at-home grooming tips.
1. Keep flea shampoo handy. With all of the mischief your canine will get into over the summer, you'll have to give him his fair share of baths, but if you happen to spot any traces of flea dirt, you may want to use flea shampoo. Hartz® UltraGuard Plus® Flea & Tick Dog Shampoo will kill fleas and ticks at any stage of their life cycle and prevent future reinfestations for up to one month. The product is also formulated with coconut extract, making it safe for your canine's sensitive skin. This is simply a great product to have around the house during the height of flea season.
2. Brush religiously. After a long day outside, your pooch can pick up all sorts of dirt, grime and a few bugs along the way. Before you walk back into your home, consider brushing your pooch thoroughly before coming inside. This can stimulate his hair follicles and clear off any dead skin cells, which is beneficial for the health of his coat. Additionally, this gives you a chance to visually inspect your dog's skin for traces of flea eggs, droppings and other signs of their presence.
3. Keep your pooch's coat short. Your dog has a much better chance of picking up fleas and ticks with an overgrown coat, so make sure that you clip it regularly. Long strands of fur, typically those along his stomach and near his legs, can be perfect places for these parasites to latch on and remain there. Staying on top of the length of your dog's coat is one of the most important factors in preventing flea infestations, and it will also keep him more comfortable during the sweltering summer months.