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As we usher in the seasons for warmer weather, unfortunately, this also means the unwelcome visitation of fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes which can harm our beloved pets. As we know, pets can contract Lyme disease from ticks, heartworm disease from mosquitos, and typhus from fleas. Of course, the first line of defense again these parasites is prevention, but we pet parents must also take a proactive approach for the health of our four-legged friends as well as humans who live in our households.

First, we can make efforts to keep our pets away from areas that contain tall grass or thick woodlands. Moreover, our suburban yards can also house these pests, so keeping our foliage cut back can also prove helpful.

Secondly, it would be wise to understand how these infestations are affecting your region of the country.  The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping the public informed about parasite infestation throughout the country.  They have even developed 30-Day Parasite Maps where information is updated on a monthly basis.  If you would like to access these maps, please visit

Next, pet parents should explore the different treatments available to combat these parasites. From all-natural treatments to products such as Frontline®, there are now a staggering array of shampoos, collars, powders, chews, pills, wipes, and sprays available to consumers. Which is right for your pet? An excellent place to start is choosing a product which can aid in combating more than one parasite, making sure each pet in your household (dogs and cats need different products) is assigned a treatment. It is also advantageous to enlist the advice of your veterinary professional. One thing is certain – choosing to start the treatment sooner than later can be a key factor in prevention.

Lastly, be sure to observe your pet for biting and scratching and do daily checks for ticks. If you discover a tick, it is imperative that it be removed properly. Both your veterinary and viable websites (such as the ASPCA) can offer you excellent instructions for this procedure.

All of us at Do Only Good Pet hope you and your pets enjoy a blissful, stress-free (and pest-free) spring and summer!


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