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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sunday's "Living With Your Pet" Tips: Banish Fleas and Ticks!

     Fabulous photo of me by John Clark of Clark Creative

Today's timely pet care tips come from our friends at the ASPCA. And they're timely because 'tis the season' for those nasty fleas and ticks-in fact, May is pretty much the start of tick season here in Ohio. Remember our post from a few springs ago when our May hike left me covered in ticks and Parental Unit had to flag down the park patrol for a ride back to the shelter area?

Although it's fun to reminisce, let's look forward to this season's flea and tick prevention efforts. The ASPCA's blog provides both their top five general prevention tips, and step-by-step tick removal instructions. Let's just say that Parental Unit wishes she had memeorized these tips before some of her past tick removal efforts: Note: Wear latex gloves  during removal because ticks can transmit Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever to humans, and...it's not the best idea to flush a tick down the commode, which is what we've always done.

Here's to rushing headlong into spring and summer (with just a little preparation) sans those pesky fleas and ticks!

P.S. Stay tuned tomorrow for a review and giveaway of a fascinating book on animal cognition, Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of our Fellow Creatures by one of Parental Unit's favorite science writers, Virgina Morell.
And coming up on Tuesday will be a detailed account (with pictures aplenty) of Parental Unit's first orphaned dog transport mission.


Lorenza said...

Those bugs are not funny!
Thanks for sharing it!
Happy Sunday, Bocci!
Kisses and hugs

Two French Bulldogs said...

We saw this article. Good one
Benny & Lily

Sagira said...

Yuck, we don't like ticks or fleas. Sorry that you were not able to make the Pet Expo. We were looking forward to seeing you and Bocci. :)

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

WE hate Fleas and TICKS... We have stuffs to put on our shoulders to keep them off... butt it never gets all the TICKS... YUCK YUCK...

Duke said...

Ticks are so icky!

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

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