Run a Flea Flicker

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With summer upon us, make sure you are protecting your pooch from fleas. I recommend using a flea-and-tick preventative year-round. You never know when we are going to have mild weather, and it is important to protect your fur babies.

Having a dog is expensive, but it’s totally worth it. Wouldn’t you rather spend the money each month to protect your dog with a preventative as opposed to you as well as your dog being miserable, having fleas in your house and potentially costing you much more money and hassle with expensive and messy flea bombs for the house and additional veterinarian trips?


Fleas are only part of the problem. Ticks have been terrible the past few years. Your dog could suffer any number of things from a tick bite, such as Lyme disease and dermatitis. I can’t stress enough how important it is to be proactive when it comes to your pet’s health.


There are numerous options for flea-and-tick control: liquids, sprays, pills, collars. Talk to your veterinarian about what is best for your dog.


One of the most frequently asked questions I get is about shedding. As much as we love our pups, the crazy piles of dog hair on furniture, clothing and pretty much everywhere else can be a pain to clean up. There are so many different options on the market that claim to be the best thing for easy pet hair cleanup. I have tried numerous things myself. Some have been great and others a waste of money.


There is one trick I learned to get dog hair off my car seats. I bought rubber dishwashing gloves and basically moved my hand in a circle on the car seat. The amount of hair that came up was unbelievable. That was the cheapest option I’ve tried – and it actually worked!

Ask your friends and family for tips on what has worked for them.


As far as an everyday around-the-house game plan, I’ve found the easiest way to combat the hair is to vacuum two to three times a week as well as brush and bathe my dog regularly.


Happy Father’s Day to all those amazing human and dog dad’s out there! Have fun this summer, and get out there and enjoy nature with your kids and pets. You won’t regret it!


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Jill Bailey

Jill Bailey is the Media Specialist at M3 Group by day, by night she is helping train dogs for Canine Coaches! Having a life-long love of dogs, Jill decided to get her training certification in 2012. Visit caninecoaches.com for more information.

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