Dog Care 101 Tip #211: Grooming Tips for Flea and Tick Prevention
Spring is now in full swing and BestBullySticks wants to make sure you and your dog get the most from the sunny months ahead. For this week’s installment of our Dog 101 series, we’re discussing Springtime Dog Grooming Tips because a well groomed dog doesn't just turn heads, it helps keep them healthy too!
Reasons to Groom
Grooming is an activity pets regularly conduct by themselves. They still need your help, though! There are a few reasons why grooming should be high on your list of dog-related priorities this spring. Regular grooming habits will not only decrease your pets chance of developing epidermal and oral health problems, it’s also a great way to create a strong bond, monitor your dog’s health and even help to prevent disease.
The first step to protecting your pet from Lyme disease is making sure they’re on the correct preventative medications. BestBullySticks suggests all-natural flea and tick medications as an alternative to the toxic ingredients found in many common medications. Spot treatments are filled with chemicals and have been proven to pose a threat to both pets and owners.
Caused by a bacteria from the genus Borrelia, the chance of contracting Lyme disease is much higher between May and August — the height of tick season. Here are a few early warning symptoms:
- Stiff walking or difficulty moving (lameness)
- Shallow or difficulty breathing, lack of appetite, fever
- Swelling of the lymph nodes close to the tick bite, inflammation of joints
There are Lyme disease vaccines available as well. Contact your veterinarian to find out more. And as always, if you think your pet may have come down with Lyme disease, seek medical attention right away!
Fleas are usually considered a minor ailment. However, when left unchecked fleas can become very dangerous. In extreme circumstances, anemia may occur when a flea infestation is out of control. An untreated flea infestation can also increase chances of tapeworms and epidermal diseases.
Incessant itching and scratching is a surefire sign of fleas. Dogs allergic to flea saliva have particularly pronounced symptoms. Beginning with irritation and leading to broken skin from excessive scratching, hair loss and bald spots are not uncommon symptoms of extreme irritation.
While there is no vaccination available for fleas, they can be prevented through proper hygiene and flea medications. Stopping fleas doesn’t end with keeping your dog clean, the same goes for your home, too! Regularly vacuuming can reduce the prevalence of flea eggs by up to 50%. If your pet does have fleas, consider some all-natural alternatives to shampoos and treatments laced with insecticides.
BestBullySticks.com stocks both all-natural flea and tick control products lacking the toxic chemicals found in many treatment options.
Candida is a naturally occurring sugar-digesting yeast commonly found in an animal’s mucous membranes and gastrointestinal tract. However, when a dog is sick and their immune system becomes depressed, this yeast can develop into a yeast infection. Also known as “thrush,” this condition has a variety of different symptoms depending on where it strikes:
- Ears: shaking and scratching of the head
- Oral cavity: excessive drooling
- Urinary tract: inflammation of the bladder
- Other symptoms: fever, skin irritation, epidermal ulcers
If your dog exhibits these symptoms, he/she will need to be taken to the veterinarian to undergo diagnostic procedures. In the event your dog does have thrush, a veterinarian will usually prescribe a skin cream for the affected areas. BestBullySticks also has a wide array of shampoos and grooming supplies designed to meet your pets hygiene needs!
Like any other regular activity with your pet, grooming will only increase the bond between owner and pet. The psychological effects of being clean and healthy are instrumental to the well being of your pet. All owners should make time to regularly groom their pets.
Sure, some pets just hate getting wet — that’s no excuse to avoid a bath, though! Make a game out of it, and move the focus towards a different activity to help distract your pet during bathtime. However you choose to scrub your furry friend down, make sure you make it a stress free and fun regular activity. Bath time can be fun for the both of you, it’s all about how you approach it!
From hair loss to inflamed skin, the number one cause of veterinary visits is now epidermal allergic reactions. Keeping a close eye on your pet’s skin health and outdoor fun is the best way to ensure this spring will be nothing but fun for both of you!