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Preventing Pet Pests This Spring

The time to protect your pets from fleas and ticks is now.
 (Alexandra Stone)
(Alexandra Stone)

The time to protect your pets from fleas and ticks is now.

Dr. Sarah Viera with Hope Veterinary Clinic says prevention is key.

"Preventative care is best for the dog, as far as the dog's health, and is as far as the wallet, is concerned too, it's cheaper," Dr. Viera said.

According to Dr. Viera, the number of cases related to fleas, ticks and mosquitoes has shot up this spring. She says it's important to talk to your veterinarian.

"There's a lot of products out there, some can be topical, some can be taken, you know, with food as a pill. They just need to be talking with their veterinarian about which one to be putting their dogs on."

These pests can be devastating, causing severe blood loss and a wide range of diseases.

In addition to getting medication from your vet, the Humane Society says, you need to take a look at your yard.

"First thing they should do probably, is spray their yard with something that is not going to hurt their dog. There's some stuff that you just spray and you have to keep your dog off of it till it dry,"  Jena McFall, Executive Director of the Amarillo Humane Society said.

The recommendation is two-fold, combing lawn care and medical care to keep your pets safe this spring.

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