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Whether it’s the longer days or warmer weather, many of us have a lot of reasons to love spring. Unfortunately, so do pesky bugs. Critters like fleas, ticks and mosquitos are not only irritating for your dog, but they can be harmful too. Fleas are itchy and can cause your dog’s skin to become irritated or damaged. Ticks can cause Lyme Disease. Heartworm, spread by mosquitos can cause major heart damage to your pup.

To keep these creepy crawlers away from your dog, we offer the following tips:


There are a variety of preventative products that you can use on your dog to ward off ticks and fleas. Spot-on treatments are a popular choice and typically only require just one application a month between the dog’s shoulders. Be sure to read the product instructions before using. If you’re using spot-on treatments on your dog, be sure to bathe them less frequently. Since the product spreads through skin oils, it’ll be less effective if skin is dry due to over-shampooing.

Afghan Hound puppy laying down in the backyard.

Coat Check

It’s important to check your dog’s coat regularly for ticks and fleas. You can run your hands through your dog’s coat or use a flea comb. A flea comb has tightly spaced teeth and is great for trapping and removing fleas from your dog’s coat. Examine your dog for ticks and fleas including their ears, belly, armpits, and tail. If you find a tick, you can remove it yourself. It’s best to use tweezers or tick-removal devices to grab the tick. Then, pull out straight and slow to get both the flea’s body and head.

Outdoor Bug Control

Minimizing bugs in your yard is very important in helping to keep bugs away from your dog. Mowing grass and getting rid of weeds in your yard helps minimize fleas and ticks.

Golden Retriever puppy laying down in the garden.
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Keeping Your Home Bug-Free

Be sure that your home is dry. Mosquitoes are attracted to stagnant water that can be found around the house, such as in flower pots. Be sure to routinely wash your dog’s bed. Vacuuming your carpets often, at least once a week will also help reduce critters. If your dog or home does get a flea infestation, you can spray carpets with an insecticide. Be sure to read the instructions carefully, especially with pets and children in the house. If the problem persists, hire an exterminator or pest control to come in to your home to get rid of infestations.

Related article: Ticks on Dogs: What to Look For
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