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Protect Your Pet - Tick and Flea Season is Here

Living with Pets, Pet HealthJanet BreyComment

Do you know where fleas and ticks hide in your home? They can be found in a variety of places such as the cracks in hardwood floors; on the couch, bed or chair cushions; in rugs and carpets, and on your dog’s bed and blankets.

Now that Spring 2019 has arrived, it is important to be tick aware - for your dog’s and family’s safety. The best way to help you deal with ticks in your home is to prevent them from entering. What can you do?

  • Put a fence up to reduce the number of tick carrying animals strolling through your yard

  • Keep your lawn mowed and remove dead leaves/piles of brush

  • If you take a walk in the woods, check yourself and your dog before you enter your house

    • Put your walking clothes in the wash immediately so ticks do not have a chance to move into your home

    • Vacuum your car if you drove it right after your walk

Keeping your house clean helps too. Vacuuming removes up to 30% of flea larvae and up to 60% of flea eggs from rugs, carpets and bedding. Using a quality HEPA vacuum will reduce ticks and

  • Vacuum regularly (Using a robotic vacuum helps - see the post on How to Solve the Pet Hair Problem)

  • Check your pet using a flea comb

  • Treat your pet with flea and tick treatments

  • Keep you dog’s bed clean - vacuum daily and wash weekly


Check you dog carefully for ticks. Vacuum daily and wash your dog week once a week.

Check you dog carefully for ticks. Vacuum daily and wash your dog week once a week.

How to Check Your Dog for Ticks

Use the picture to the left to find out the spots on your dog where ticks like to attach. Ticks like the warm areas, such as the ears and under legs. I have removed ticks off my dog’s nose as well as every spot on the picture.

Using a sharp tick removal tweezer, grabbing at the mouth of the tick and pulling gently works the best for me. Some ticks really hang on so it may take a minute or two. Always give a reward as I give my dog and myself a treat after it is all over!

PawSheets Can Help

Changing your dog’s bed cover weekly can be a pain. So why not use a fitted sheet that can easily changed every week? That’s what inspired PawSheets. PawSheet customers send me emails telling me they use PawSheets on chair or couch cushions. It ‘s a great idea.

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Does a Dog or Cat Really Need a Bed?

Janet BreyComment

Think about how much we “humans” value our beds and how much time we spend selecting the “right” bed. Can’t be too soft, too hard, but has to be just right. What about our furry companions? Is there a need to provide them with a bed of their own?

Benefits of a Pet Bed

A pet bed provides more than just a place to sleep for your dog or cat.  There are many good reasons to have a pet bed available to your pet. Here are a few:

-        A pet bed gives a pet their own private space

-        A pet bed offers a quiet, safe place to relax

-        A pet bed can be a barrier against cold, hard floors and offer cushioning for the joints

-        A pet bed reduces the hair and dander on your furniture

 

  This dog seems to have outgrown his bed or should he go on a diet? 

  This dog seems to have outgrown his bed or should he go on a diet? 

What Type of Pet Bed is Best?

When you select a pet bed, you need to think about the style, size and cost.  Make sure that the bed is large enough so your pet can stretch out. If your pet likes to snooze with his or her head on the arm of a sofa, a bolster bed may be a good choice.  Of course, a better quality bed will cost you more than a cedar chip fill bed. Like everything in life, you get what you pay for.

Keep Your Pet Bed Clean

Buying the bed is the easy part, whereas keeping it clean is another story. Pet beds get dirty and can smell pretty bad in no time.  When selecting a pet bed, look for beds that have removable covers or are washable. Note that some “washable” beds are too large for home washers and may require a trip to the laundromat. Another alternative is to purchase a fitted sheet for the bed which can be easily washed and dried.

 This shows the results of a dirt test. A white fitted pet bed sheet was placed on pet bed and in 3 days was dirty and  stained.

 This shows the results of a dirt test. A white fitted pet bed sheet was placed on pet bed and in 3 days was dirty and  stained.

Summary

Pets should have a private space to call their own. It can be a pillow, a rug or a pet bed. Place the bed out of heavy traffic areas so your pet can rest in a quiet area.  Recognize that the bed needs to be cleaned regularly and keep this in mind when you select the bed.