I love going outdoors this time of year. October in Ohio is great! Crunchy leaves are falling and there is a squirrel to chase up every tree. Unfortunately, fleas are hiding outside too, just waiting to catch a ride on a dog or cat to the great indoors – your house.
Excessive scratching and biting could mean dry skin, allergies or fleas among other things. If your pet parent notices fleas or flea dirt – tiny black specs that turn reddish when moistened – he or she should consult your veterinarian for advice. Remember that pesticides used to kill fleas are poison; always exercise caution. And never use flea control products for dogs on your cat or vise versa. Follow the product directions and never use more than one product at a time.
Daily grooming is great therapy for you and your parent. When your pet parent brushes or combs you every day, he/she will notice if you develop a skin or flea problem and can get help for you right away. It will also keep you cleaner and free of mats. A little brushing or combing is a nice way to spend some quality time with your pet parent at the end of a busy day. Grooming is a good way to relax and bond with your parent. And it’s a good way to transition to bed time. In fact, I could use a little brushing right now. And then maybe I’ll take a nap.
These tips and great pet health & safety techniques are part of our Pet First Aid course. If you haven’t done so already, check them out!